Definition of pose noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//pəʊz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//poʊz//
    Describing art
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  1. 1  a particular position in which somebody stands, sits, etc., especially in order to be painted, drawn or photographed He adopted a relaxed pose for the camera. See related entries: Describing art
  2. 2  (disapproving) a way of behaving that is not sincere and is only intended to impress other people synonym affectation This show of concern is just a pose.
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French poser (verb), from late Latin pausare ‘to pause’, which replaced Latin ponere ‘to place’. The noun dates from the early 19th cent.Extra examples He struck a heroic pose, and cried, ‘I will do it!’ His air of absent-mindedness was no more than a pose concealing a very acute mind. His pose as an impoverished artist fooled several wealthy patrons. He adopted a dramatic pose for the camera. I can’t hold this pose much longer!Idioms
    strike a pose/an attitude
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    to hold your body in a particular way to create a particular impression to strike a dramatic pose
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: pose