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pos·tern

 (pō′stərn, pŏs′tərn)
n.
A small rear gate, especially one in a fort or castle.
adj.
Situated in the back or at the side.

[Middle English posterne, from Old French, alteration of posterle, from Late Latin posterula, diminutive of Latin posterus, behind; see posterior.]

postern

(ˈpɒstən)
n
(Architecture) a back door or gate, esp one that is for private use
adj
(Architecture) situated at the rear or the side
[C13: from Old French posterne, from Late Latin posterula (jānua) a back (entrance), from posterus coming behind; see posterior, posterity]

pos•tern

(ˈpoʊ stərn, ˈpɒs tərn)

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; Middle English posterne < Old French, alter. of posterle < Late Latin posterula, diminutive of postera back door, n. use of feminine of posterus coming behind. See posterior, -ule]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.postern - a small gate in the rear of a fort or castlepostern - a small gate in the rear of a fort or castle
gate - a movable barrier in a fence or wall

postern

adjective
Located in the rear:
Nautical: after.
Translations

postern

[ˈpəʊstɜːn] Npostigo m

postern

n (old)Seitenpforte f, → Nebenpforte f
References in classic literature ?
I found our fortress in a bad state of defence, but we proceeded immediately to repair our flanks, strengthen our gates and posterns, and form double bastions, which we compleated in ten days.
He sat within earshot, milking the cows by the light of a lantern, which I seized unceremoniously, and, calling out that I would send it back on the morrow, rushed to the nearest postern.
The little servant happening to be entering the fortress with two hot rolls, I passed through the postern and crossed the drawbridge, in her company, and so came without announcement into the presence of Wemmick as he was making tea for himself and the Aged.
If Prior Aymer rode hard in the chase, or remained long at the banquet, if Prior Aymer was seen, at the early peep of dawn, to enter the postern of the abbey, as he glided home from some rendezvous which had occupied the hours of darkness, men only shrugged up their shoulders, and reconciled themselves to his irregularities, by recollecting that the same were practised by many of his brethren who had no redeeming qualities whatsoever to atone for them.
What you must do is carry me in your arms, and lay me across or set me upright in some postern, and I'll hold it either with this lance or with my body.
For myself, on the other hand, my lord," returned the governor, "when the first rebel should pass the threshold of my postern doors I should be obliged to kill you with my own hand, since you were confided peculiarly to my care and as I am obliged to give you up, dead or alive.
The West Wind reigns over the seas surrounding the coasts of these kingdoms; and from the gateways of the channels, from promontories as if from watch-towers, from estuaries of rivers as if from postern gates, from passage-ways, inlets, straits, firths, the garrison of the Isle and the crews of the ships going and returning look to the westward to judge by the varied splendours of his sunset mantle the mood of that arbitrary ruler.