[fawr-poh-ster, fohr-]

Origin of fourposter

First recorded in 1815–25; four + post1 + -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for four-poster

Historical Examples of four-poster

  • "And this four-poster with the pineapple tops and the canopy," she goes on.

  • Second, nobody mistook their pew for their four-poster during the sermon.

  • The four-poster once more took on its likeness to a ship in full sail.

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    Emily J. Jenkinson

  • She lay in the four-poster, shut in from distracting sounds and sights by the curtains.

    Barbara Lynn

    Emily J. Jenkinson

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

    Barbara Lynn

    Emily J. Jenkinson

British Dictionary definitions for four-poster


  1. a bed with posts at each corner supporting a canopy and curtainsAlso called: four-poster bed
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