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 sallyport

Historical Examples of sallyport

  • However, into the boat we went, and pulled away for old Sallyport.

    Frank Mildmay

    Captain Frederick Marryat

  • I will give you entrance to it—The sallyport is barred on the inside, but not locked.

  • It was a species of free-masonry known only to the initiated at the Sallyport.


    Captain Frederick Marryat

  • A heavy division forced its way into the redoubt through the sallyport, and as Ned saw he uttered a deep gasp.

    The Texan Scouts

    Joseph A. Altsheler

  • The Mexicans went over the low wall in an unbroken stream, and they crowded through the sallyport by hundreds.

    The Texan Scouts

    Joseph A. Altsheler

British Dictionary definitions for sallyport



an opening in a fortified place from which troops may make a sally
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