guide·​post ˈgīd-ˌpōst How to pronounce guidepost (audio)

Examples of guidepost in a Sentence

The guidepost said that the camp was to the left.
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Word History

First Known Use

1738, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of guidepost was in 1738

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“Guidepost.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


guide·​post -ˌpōst How to pronounce guidepost (audio)
: a post (as at the fork of a road) with directions for travelers

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