One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A back or side entrance.as modifier ‘a small postern door’
- ‘The tiny postern gate did open into the river; by way of the storm drains.’
- ‘The main entrance was from the east, where the gate was protected by a massive stone tower; a smaller gate and two posterns gave access through the northern rampart.’
- ‘This ‘bar’ was in fact only a small postern gate beside one of the defensive towers in the wall, which might explain why it receives no mention in any early city documents.’’
- ‘The hotel is described as ‘pretty appalling’ and its attempt to mimic the postern on the walls opposite has been called ‘deplorable’.’
- ‘I found another door into the Palace: a small postern gate around by the stables.’
Middle English: from Old French posterne, alteration of posterle, from late Latin posterula, diminutive of posterus ‘following’.
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