noun Nautical.

an upright member rising from the after end of a keel; a rudderpost or propeller post.

Origin of sternpost

First recorded in 1570–80; stern2 + post1
Also called body post. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for sternpost

Historical Examples of sternpost

  • Singularly enough a part of it was used for the sternpost of the frigate Essex.

    Historic Homes

    Mary H. Northend

  • A few yards away from the sternpost was the jolly-boat with the crew.


    James Hopper

  • A third buried itself in the sternpost, but fortunately did not explode.

    The Greater Republic

    Charles Morris

  • That the sternpost should show, say, a quarter of an inch above the water-line aft, and the rudder be hung thereon.

  • After 1854 it was taken on deck from stem-head to sternpost, and certain deductions made for rake.

British Dictionary definitions for sternpost



nautical the main upright timber or structure at the stern of a vessel
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