milestone

noun mile·stone \ ˈmī(-ə)l-ˌstōn \
|Updated on: 13 Jun 2018

Definition of milestone

1 : a stone serving as a milepost (see milepost 1)
2 : a significant point in development
  • Graduating from college was an important milestone in her life.

Examples of milestone in a Sentence

  1. the new drug was regarded as a milestone in the treatment of heart disease

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First Known Use of milestone

1662

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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MILESTONE Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of milestone for English Language Learners

  • : a stone by the side of a road that shows the distance in miles to a specified place

  • : an important point in the progress or development of something : a very important event or advance


MILESTONE Defined for Kids

milestone

noun mile·stone \ ˈmīl-ˌstōn \

Definition of milestone for Students

1 : a stone by the side of a road showing the distance in miles to a given place
2 : an important point in progress or development His discovery was a major milestone in scientific research.


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