check·​point ˈchek-ˌpȯint How to pronounce checkpoint (audio)
: a point at which a check is performed
vehicles were inspected at various checkpoints

Examples of checkpoint in a Sentence

Our car was stopped at a police checkpoint before we were permitted to cross the border.
Recent Examples on the Web How many guns were stopped at security checkpoints at the Milwaukee airport by TSA in 2022? Hannah Kirby, Journal Sentinel, 26 Feb. 2024 West Bank terror attack prompts call for crackdown An Israeli man was killed and at least 10 people were wounded when three Palestinian gunmen opened fire at a checkpoint between the West Bank settlement city of Ma’ale Adumim and Jerusalem, Israeli police said. John Bacon, USA TODAY, 22 Feb. 2024 Because the data going out is only as good as the data being used to train the machine learning models that power AI, clean data and manual checkpoints overseen by a real person are imperative to the industry's trust in AI systems and their success overall. Mark Schwartz, Forbes, 21 Feb. 2024 The international aid organization said that one staff member has not been heard from since the Feb. 15 raid on Nasser Hospital while the other has not been heard from since being detained at a checkpoint while leaving the hospital. Doha Madani, NBC News, 21 Feb. 2024 One was detained at a checkpoint while leaving the compound, the group said on social media, calling for his safety. Kendra Nichols, Washington Post, 16 Feb. 2024 Touma says Israeli authorities must approve humanitarian convoys waiting to enter the north at the Wadi Gaza checkpoint that separates the north and south of the strip. Nadeen Ebrahim, CNN, 11 Feb. 2024 In her social media feeds, Autumn Grace shares other travel tips for families including how parents can wear a baby carrier through TSA security checkpoints, and how a shoe organizer can also be a helpful storage device for long road trips. Michael Cappetta, Travel + Leisure, 12 Feb. 2024 Salaries for government employees have been slashed, and intermittent closures of military checkpoints have stifled commerce. Julia Frankel, Quartz, 11 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1926, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of checkpoint was in 1926

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Cite this Entry

“Checkpoint.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition


check·​point ˈchek-ˌpȯint How to pronounce checkpoint (audio)
: a point at which a check is carried out
vehicles were inspected at different checkpoints

Legal Definition


: a point at which an inspection or investigation is performed
a checkpoint to uncover drunk drivers

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