English

Definition of portcullis noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

portcullis

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//pɔːtˈkʌlɪs//
 
; NAmE NAmE//pɔːrtˈkʌlɪs//
 
 
jump to other results
a strong, heavy iron gate that can be raised or let down at the entrance to a castle Word Origin Middle English: from Old French porte coleice ‘sliding door’, from porte ‘door’ (from Latin porta) + coleice ‘sliding’ (feminine of couleis, from Latin colare ‘to filter’).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: portcullis