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Definitions of postern

  1. a small gate in the rear of a fort or castle Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. A subterraneous passage communicating between the parade and the main ditch, or between the ditches and the interior of the outworks. Newage Dictionary DB
  3. Back; being behind; private. Newage Dictionary DB
  4. Formerly, a back door or gate; private entrance. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  5. (orig.) A back door or gate: a small private door. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  6. Small back door or gate. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  7. A back gate or door; a private entrance. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  8. Any small door or gate; a small gate under a rampart. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  9. Any small door or gate; a private entrance; in fort., a vaulted passage constructed under the mass of the parapet and through the rampart. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  10. Back: private. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  11. Back; being behind. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  12. Behind; private. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for postern

  1. Both batteries ceased firing simultaneously, and our indefatigable soldiers again set to work on the defences, completed the ramparts, and made rapid progress in the construction of a bomb- proof and traverse in rear of the postern – History of the War Between Mexico and the United States, with a Preliminary View of its Origin, Volume 1 by Brantz Mayer
  2. I knew that Pu- Yi lived somewhere on the premises and I felt all over the great iron- studded door until I came to the small postern wicket through which one generally entered.
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