Postern, Postern Gate
   See Tower Postern.

A Dictionary of London. . 1918.

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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 — 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

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

  • Postern of Fate — Infobox Book name = Postern of Fate title orig = translator = image caption = Dust jacket illustration of the first UK edition author = Agatha Christie cover artist = Margaret Murray country = United Kingdom language = English series = genre =… …   Wikipedia

  • Postern Gate — A side or less important gate into a castle. Often used for raids on besieging forces, or for escape. Traces of a postern gate have been found in the remains of Hemyock Castle s NW tower …   Medieval glossary

  • 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

  • gate — Synonyms and related words: French door, aboideau, access, admissions, air lock, arch dam, archway, assemblage, attendance, audience, avails, back door, backstop, ball cock, ball valve, bamboo curtain, bank, bar, barrage, barrier, barway, bear… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • postern — 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… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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