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

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The guidepost said that the camp was to the left.
Recent Examples on the Web Her grandfather, a guidepost of her early life, was a Prince Hall Mason in Tuskegee, Alabama. David A. Taylor, Smithsonian Magazine, "Black Soldiers Played an Undeniable but Largely Unheralded Role in Founding the United States," 25 Feb. 2021 The past should be a guidepost, not a hitching post. Harvey Mackay, Star Tribune, "The school of hard knocks," 8 Nov. 2020 Asana recently traded at $28.34, 35% above the reference price of $21 a share, a guidepost that is set by the New York Stock Exchange where no money changes hands. Corrie Driebusch, WSJ, "Palantir, Asana Start Trading on New York Stock Exchange," 30 Sep. 2020 Lighting it over the next few months and letting its warmth fill my living room will be a nice reminder—a mental guidepost of better times, perhaps—as winter confines us to our homes once again. Celia Ellenberg, Vogue, "Aesop’s Cosmos-Inspired Candles Are The Scented Salve We Need Right Now," 8 Oct. 2020 The reference price, expected to be disclosed Tuesday, serves as guidepost for investors and is needed by the exchange for trading to begin. Crystal Tse,, "Asana Set to Test Direct Listing Model Alongside Palantir," 29 Sep. 2020 But by how much? The 2007-09 U.S. recession offered a guidepost. Bob Davis, WSJ, "A Furniture Maker’s Five-Month Struggle With Covid. ‘You Can’t Really Have a Plan.’," 3 Sep. 2020 Great potential for a revised calculus to replace the draft trade chart that has typically been a guidepost. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "'A scouting nightmare': 2021 NFL draft could see big ripple effects from college football cancellations, postponements," 14 Aug. 2020 During remarks at a forum hosted by the Poor People's Campaign, a national effort to combat poverty co-chaired by the Rev. William Barber, Harris pointed to the parable of the Good Samaritan as a guidepost. Elana Schor, Star Tribune, "Harris brings Baptist, interfaith roots to Democratic ticket," 11 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of guidepost

1738, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Guidepost.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of guidepost

chiefly US : a post next to a trail or road that has a sign on it with directions for travelers


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

Kids Definition of guidepost

: a post with signs giving directions for travelers

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