sally port


noun (in a fort or the like)

a gateway permitting the passage of a large number of troops at a time.
a postern.

Origin of sally port

First recorded in 1640–50 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for sally port

Historical Examples of sally port

  • As they approached the sally-port they were met with by a withering fire.

  • But it is certain death for me to go out of that sally-port.

    The Story of Old Fort Loudon

    Charles Egbert Craddock

  • But she did not answer a word till we reached the sally-port.

    Heralds of Empire

    Agnes C. Laut

  • He hitched his belt and glanced up towards the sally-port as he stood back laughing.

    The Black Feather

    Mary Hartwell Catherwood

  • Throw open the sally-port; to the field, Sixtieths, to the field; pull not a trigger, lest ye kill my lambs!

    The Last of the Mohicans

    James Fenimore Cooper