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[fawr-poh-ster, fohr-] /ˈfɔrˈpoʊ stər, ˈfoʊr-/
a bed with four corner posts, as for supporting a canopy, curtains, etc.
a four-masted sailing vessel.
Origin of fourposter
1815-25; four + post1 + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for four-poster
Historical Examples
  • There was the quaint old "four-poster," and, hanging from the top rail, was the body of an old man.

    Stranger Than Fiction Mary L. Lewes
  • "And this four-poster with the pineapple tops and the canopy," she goes on.

    The House of Torchy Sewell Ford
  • In the far corner of the large room was the four-poster, and underneath the clothes a silent figure.

    The Black Box E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • So had the old woman in the four-poster looked eighty years ago.

    Barbara Lynn Emily J. Jenkinson
  • Phyllis need have had no fears, for there was not a moment spared in regret for the four-poster bed.

    Phyllis Dorothy Whitehill
  • She lay in the four-poster, shut in from distracting sounds and sights by the curtains.

    Barbara Lynn Emily J. Jenkinson
  • "It's your little son talking to you," says Ivy, as calm as if she was sitting up in a four-poster.

    IT and Other Stories Gouverneur Morris
  • One of the panelled rooms was half-filled with presses and a four-poster bed.

    Tono Bungay H. G. Wells
  • She kissed her hand to looking-glass and four-poster, flung me a last fervid smile, and was gone.

    Memoirs of a Midget Walter de la Mare
  • But we have a four-poster in this sale, Mr. Winters, quickly said one of the floor-men.

    Polly in New York Lillian Elizabeth Roy
British Dictionary definitions for four-poster


a bed with posts at each corner supporting a canopy and curtains Also called four-poster bed
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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