Middle English Dictionary Entry

portē̆r n.
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Definitions (Senses and Subsenses)

(a) A gatekeeper, doorkeeper; also, one who guards the gate of a bridge; ~ logge, a porter's lodge; (b) in titles: grom (sergeaunt, yeman) ~; (c) a keeper of the gates of heaven or hell; also applied to Cerberus; also, a gatekeeper of a palace in heaven; (d) fig.; (e) a chamberlain or counselor.
In surnames and place name.

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Note: Med., etc., see further J.Norri, Dictionary of Medical Vocabulary, s.v. porter.