noun Etymology: Middle English posterne, from Anglo-French, alteration of Old French posterle, from Late Latin posterula, diminutive of postera back door, from Latin, feminine of posterus Date: 14th century 1. a back door or gate 2. a private or side entrance or way • postern adjective

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  • Postern — 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. [1913 Webster] He by a privy postern took his… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • postern — [pōs′tərn, päs′tərn] n. [ME < OFr posterne, altered < posterle < LL posterula, a small back door, postern, dim. < posterus: see POSTERIOR] a back door or gate; private entrance at the side or rear adj. of or resembling a postern, as… …   English World dictionary

  • Postern — Pos tern, a. Back; being behind; private. The postern door. Dryden. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • postern — index portal Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • postern — late 13c., back door, private door, from O.Fr. posterne, earlier posterle, from L.L. posterula small back door or gate, dim. of L. posterus that is behind, coming after, subsequent, from post after …   Etymology dictionary

  • postern — gate, *door, gateway, doorway, portal …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • postern — ► NOUN ▪ a back or side entrance. ORIGIN Old French posterne, from Latin posterus following …   English terms dictionary

  • Postern — A postern is a secondary door or gate, particularly in a fortification such as a city wall or castle curtain wall. Posterns were often located in a concealed location, allowing the occupants to come and go inconspicuously. In the event of a siege …   Wikipedia

  • Postern —    Murage of the City arising out of Candelwykestrete from the house of Fulk de St. Edmund as far as the postern, 1 Ed. II. (Cal. L. Bk. C. p.162).    This postern would seem not to have been one of those in the City wall …   Dictionary of London

  • postern — /poh steuhrn, pos teuhrn/, n. 1. a back door or gate. 2. a private entrance or any entrance other than the main one. adj. 3. of, pertaining to, or resembling a postern. [1250 1300; ME posterne < OF, var. of posterle < LL posterula, dim. of… …   Universalium

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