Definition of postern in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpɒst(ə)n/
Pronunciation: /ˈpəʊst(ə)n/


A back or side entrance: [as modifier]: a small postern door
More example sentences
  • The main entrance was from the east, where the gate was protected by a massive stone tower; a smaller gate and two posterns gave access through the northern rampart.
  • The hotel is described as ‘pretty appalling’ and its attempt to mimic the postern on the walls opposite has been called ‘deplorable’.
  • I found another door into the Palace: a small postern gate around by the stables.


Middle English: from Old French posterne, alteration of posterle, from late Latin posterula, diminutive of posterus 'following'.

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