Definitions

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  • n. A Bible commentary written in its margins.
  • n. A marginal note.
  • n. A short homily or commentary on a passage of Scripture.
  • n. A collection of homilies.
  • v. To write marginal or explanatory notes on; to gloss.
  • v. To write postils, or marginal notes; to comment; to postillate.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Originally, an explanatory note in the margin of the Bible, so called because written after the text; hence, a marginal note; a comment.
  • n. A short homily or commentary on a passage of Scripture.
  • intransitive v. To write postils, or marginal notes; to comment; to postillate.
  • transitive v. To write marginal or explanatory notes on; to gloss.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To write or deliver a postil.
  • To explain or illustrate by a postil.
  • n. A note or comment on some passage of Scripture, written in the margin of a Bible, and so called because it followed the text; any explanatory remark or comment on the text of the Bible; hence, any marginal note.
  • n. A series of comments, specifically on Scripture; a commentary, or written exposition.
  • n. A sermon or homily; specifically, a homily following and treating of the liturgical gospel; also, a collection of such homilies.

Etymologies

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From French postille ("marginal note"), from Late Latin postilla, probably from post illa (verba) ("after those (words)")

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From Late Latin postillo

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  • Note in margin; comment. (From Luciferous Logolepsy)

    Now Wordie users can be considering "Going Postil".

    July 6, 2008