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1590s, from Middle French postillon (1530s), from Italian postiglione “forerunner, guide,” especially for one carrying mail on horseback, from posta “mail” (see post (n.3)) + compound suffix from Latin -ilio.


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    /ˈpɒstɪl/ noun 1. a commentary or marginal note, as in a Bible 2. a homily or collection of homilies verb -tils, -tiling, -tiled, -tils, -tilling, -tilled 3. (obsolete) to annotate (a biblical passage)

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    [pohst-puh-zish-uh n, pohst-puh-zish-uh n] /ˌpoʊst pəˈzɪʃ ən, ˈpoʊst pəˌzɪʃ ən/ noun 1. the act of placing after. 2. the state of being so placed. 3. Grammar. /ˌpəʊstpəˈzɪʃən/ noun 1. placement of a modifier or other speech element after the word that it modifies or to which it is syntactically related 2. a word or speech […]

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