[ poh-stern, pos-tern ]
/ ˈpoʊ stərn, ˈpɒs tərn /


a back door or gate.
a private entrance or any entrance other than the main one.


of, relating to, or resembling a postern.

Origin of postern

1250–1300; Middle English posterne < Old French, variant of posterle < Late Latin posterula, diminutive of postera back door, noun use of feminine of posterus coming behind. See posterior, -ule Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for postern

/ (ˈpɒstən) /


a back door or gate, esp one that is for private use


situated at the rear or the side

Word Origin for postern

C13: from Old French posterne, from Late Latin posterula (jānua) a back (entrance), from posterus coming behind; see posterior, posterity
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