a back door or gate; private entrance at the side or rear
Origin of posternMiddle English from Old French posterne, altered from posterle from Late Latin posterula, a small back door, postern, diminutive from posterus: see posterior
of or resembling a postern, as in being at the rear, or private
A small rear gate, especially one in a fort or castle.
Situated in the back or at the side.
Origin of posternMiddle English posterne from Old French alteration of posterle from Late Latin posterula diminutive of Latin posterus behind ; see posterior .
- A back gate, back door, side entrance, or other gateway distinct from the main entrance.
- (archaic) By extension, a separate or hidden way in or out of a place, situation etc.
- A subterranean passage communicating between the parade and the main ditch, or between the ditches and the interior of the outworks.
(comparative more postern, superlative most postern)
- Situated at the rear; posterior.