pos·​til | \ ˈpästə̇l \
plural -s

Definition of postil

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a marginal note : comment specifically : an explanatory marginal note in the Bible
b postils plural, obsolete : commentary
2a obsolete : a short homily on a Scriptural passage especially : one on the Gospel or Epistle for the day
b : a collection of such homilies
\ " \
postiled or postilled; postiled or postilled; postiling or postilling; postils

Definition of postil (Entry 2 of 2)

: to write marginal comments in (a text) : annotate, gloss

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History and Etymology for postil


Middle English postille, from Middle French, from Medieval Latin postilla, probably from post illa (verba textus) after those words of the text, from Latin post after + illa, neuter accusative plural of ille that

Transitive verb

Middle English postilen, from Middle French postiller, from Medieval Latin postillare, from postilla

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“Postil.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2020.

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