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[fawr-poh-ster, fohr-] /ˈfɔrˈpoʊ stər, ˈfoʊr-/
a bed with four corner posts, as for supporting a canopy, curtains, etc.
a four-masted sailing vessel.
Origin of fourposter
First recorded in 1815-25; four + post1 + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • "And this four-poster with the pineapple tops and the canopy," she goes on.

    The House of Torchy Sewell Ford
  • Second, nobody mistook their pew for their four-poster during the sermon.

  • So had the old woman in the four-poster looked eighty years ago.

    Barbara Lynn Emily J. Jenkinson
  • The four-poster once more took on its likeness to a ship in full sail.

    Barbara Lynn Emily J. Jenkinson
  • She lay in the four-poster, shut in from distracting sounds and sights by the curtains.

    Barbara Lynn Emily J. Jenkinson
  • One of the panelled rooms was half-filled with presses and a four-poster bed.

    Tono Bungay H. G. Wells
  • On this wooden stage stood my four-poster, wardrobe, and other belongings.

    Memoirs of a Midget Walter de la Mare
  • But we have a four-poster in this sale, Mr. Winters, quickly said one of the floor-men.

    Polly in New York Lillian Elizabeth Roy
  • Quest signed to the keeper to bring Craig to the side of the four-poster.

    The Black Box E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • In the bedrooms were four-posters and the things of four-poster days.

    Virginia: The Old Dominion

    Frank W. Hutchins and Cortelle Hutchins
British Dictionary definitions for four-poster


a bed with posts at each corner supporting a canopy and curtains Also called four-poster bed
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
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