- 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
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Examples from the Web for sally port
As they approached the sally-port they were met with by a withering fire.Life of Wm. Tecumseh Sherman.
W. Fletcher Johnson
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