/ (ˈpɒstɪl) /


a commentary or marginal note, as in a Bible
a homily or collection of homilies

verb -tils, -tiling, -tiled, -tils, -tilling or -tilled

obsolete to annotate (a biblical passage)

Nearby words

  1. postiche,
  2. posticous,
  3. postictal,
  4. posticum,
  5. postie,
  6. postilion,
  7. postillon,
  8. postimpressionism,
  9. postindustrial,
  10. postindustrial economy

Word Origin for postil

C15 (postille): from Old French postille from Medieval Latin postilla, perhaps from post illa (verba textus), after these words in the text, often the opening phrase of such an annotation

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Examples from the Web for postil

  • The postil will be on the turning of Lots wife into a pillar of salt.

    Haunted London|Walter Thornbury
  • The postil will be on the turning of Lot's wife into a pillar of salt.

    The Town|Leigh Hunt