a prefix, meaning “behind,” “after,” “later,” “subsequent to,” “posterior to,” occurring originally in loanwords from Latin (postscript), but now used freely in the formation of compound words (post-Elizabethan; postfix; postgraduate; postorbital).

Nearby words

  1. post town,
  2. post, emily,
  3. post, emily price,
  4. post, george browne,
  5. post, wiley,
  6. post-and-beam construction,
  7. post-and-rail fence,
  8. post-and-rail tea,
  9. post-bag,
  10. post-bellum

Origin of post-

< Latin, combining form representing post (adv. and preposition) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for post-



after in time or sequence; following; subsequentpostgraduate
behind; posterior topostorbital

Word Origin for post-

from Latin, from post after, behind

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Word Origin and History for post-


word-forming element meaning "after," from Latin post "behind, after, afterward," from *pos-ti (cf. Arcadian pos, Doric poti "toward, to, near, close by;" Old Church Slavonic po "behind, after," pozdu "late;" Lithuanian pas "at, by"), from PIE *apo- (cf. Greek apo "from," Latin ab "away from" see apo-).

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Medicine definitions for post-



After; later:postpartum.
Behind; posterior to:postaxial.

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Science definitions for post-


A prefix that means “after,” as in postoperative, after an operation, or “behind,” as in postnasal, behind the nose or nasal passages.
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