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  1. the vertical post on which a gate is suspended by hinges, or the post against which the gate is closed.
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Origin of gatepost

First recorded in 1515–25; gate1 + post1
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Examples from the Web for gatepost

Historical Examples

  • He stood beside the garden wall, his gauntleted hand on the gatepost.

    The Long Roll

    Mary Johnston

  • After a moment Bob dismounted and threw his reins over the gatepost.

    Tristram of Blent

    Anthony Hope

  • Balancing herself on a gatepost and eating cherries was Rosie.

  • As we neared the girl on the gatepost Dickie gave her a careless glance.

  • "Tell you what," cried Peace, from her perch on the gatepost.

    At the Little Brown House

    Ruth Alberta Brown

British Dictionary definitions for gatepost


    1. the post on which a gate is hung
    2. the post to which a gate is fastened when closed
  1. between you, me, and the gatepost confidentially
  2. logic another name for turnstile (def. 3)
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