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'.
Definition of postern in:
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