postern

noun
pos·​tern | \ ˈpō-stərn How to pronounce postern (audio) , ˈpä- How to pronounce postern (audio) \

Definition of postern

1 : a back door or gate
2 : a private or side entrance or way

Other Words from postern

postern adjective

First Known Use of postern

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for postern

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

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“Postern.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/postern. Accessed 12 December 2019.

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