postern

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Etymology[edit]

From Late Latin posterna, and its likely sources, Anglo-Norman posterne, Old French posterne, alteration of posterle, from Late Latin posterula (back door), from Latin posterus (later).

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Noun[edit]

postern (plural posterns)

  1. A back gate, back door, side entrance, or other gateway distinct from the main entrance.
    • 1485, Syr Thomas Malory, Le Morte Darthur, Bk.XII, Ch.ij:
      And as they cam hurlyng vnder the Castel where as sir launcelot lay in wyndowe / & sawe how two knyghtes layd vpon syr Blyaunt with their swerdes / [] / And thenne sir launcelot brake the chaynes fro his legges and of his armes / [] / & so sir launcelot ran out at a posterne / and there he mett with the two knyȝtes that chaced sir Blyaunt
    • Edmund Spenser (c.1552–1599)
      He by a privy postern took his flight.
    • William Shakespeare (c.1564–1616)
      Out at the postern, by the abbey wall.
  2. (archaic) By extension, a separate or hidden way in or out of a place, situation etc.
  3. A subterranean passage communicating between the parade and the main ditch, or between the ditches and the interior of the outworks.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Mahan to this entry?)

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Adjective[edit]

postern (comparative more postern, superlative most postern)

  1. Situated at the rear; posterior.

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Noun[edit]

postern

  1. definite singular of poster