- 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
Examples from the Web for postern
I considered your coachman to be a faithful man, and I told him to wait for you at the postern.The Black Tulip
Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
He knocked, and presently the postern gaped, and a lantern was advanced.The Sea-Hawk
As each man did so he had to retire by a postern leading to the sea.Hellenica
Cowper assumes a second postern, but there is no evidence for this, and l. 139 ff.The Odyssey of Homer
If I do but send them a message they will surely come to the postern gate.Sir Nigel
Arthur Conan Doyle
- a back door or gate, esp one that is for private use
- situated at the rear or the side
Word Origin and History for postern
late 13c., "back door, private door," from Old French posterne "side or rear gate," earlier posterle, from Late Latin posterula "small back door or gate," diminutive of Latin posterus "that is behind, coming after, subsequent," from post "after" (see post-).