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Meaning of POSTERN

Pronunciation:  'powsturn

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  a small gate in the rear of a fort or castle

POSTERN is a 7 letter word that starts with P.


 See Also: gate



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Pos"tern\, n. [OF. posterne, posterle, F. poterne, fr.
    L. posterula, fr. posterus coming after. See {Posterior}.]
    1. Originally, a back door or gate; a private entrance;
       hence, any small door or gate.
             He by a privy postern took his flight. --Spenser.
             Out at the postern, by the abbey wall. --Shak.
    2. (Fort.) A subterraneous passage communicating between the
       parade and the main ditch, or between the ditches and the
       interior of the outworks. --Mahan.
  2. \Pos"tern\, a.
    Back; being behind; private. ``The postern door.'' --Dryden.
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