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sally port

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noun (in a fort or the like)
  1. a gateway permitting the passage of a large number of troops at a time.
  2. a postern.

Origin of sally port

First recorded in 1640–50
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Examples from the Web for sallyport

Historical Examples

  • However, into the boat we went, and pulled away for old Sallyport.

    Frank Mildmay

    Captain Frederick Marryat

  • I will give you entrance to it—The sallyport is barred on the inside, but not locked.

  • It was a species of free-masonry known only to the initiated at the Sallyport.


    Captain Frederick Marryat

  • A heavy division forced its way into the redoubt through the sallyport, and as Ned saw he uttered a deep gasp.

    The Texan Scouts</p>

    Joseph A. Altsheler

  • The Mexicans went over the low wall in an unbroken stream, and they crowded through the sallyport by hundreds.

    The Texan Scouts</p>

    Joseph A. Altsheler

British Dictionary definitions for sallyport


  1. an opening in a fortified place from which troops may make a sally
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