out·​post | \ ˈau̇t-ˌpōst How to pronounce outpost (audio) \

Definition of outpost

1a : a security detachment dispatched by a main body of troops to protect it from enemy surprise
b : a military base established by treaty or agreement in another country
2a : an outlying or frontier settlement
b : an outlying branch or position of a main organization or group

Examples of outpost in a Sentence

an American outpost in Africa The city was established as a military outpost in the 1800s. a remote outpost of the old British Empire
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Just a few hours from bustling Los Angeles lies a desert outpost for the glamorous and elite. Charlotte Chilton, Town & Country, "What to Do on Your Next Trip to Palm Springs," 5 Mar. 2019 The event, with its operatics and old-world grandeur, will be hosted in a couple weeks, but last Friday, New York was treated to a preview at Cipriani’s 42nd Street outpost. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Opera Divas and Debutantes: Inside the 64th Annual Viennese Opera Ball," 5 Feb. 2019 It's designed in collaboration with legendary French designer Jacques Garcia—the man behind the look of NoMad's two other outposts and the historic brasserie Fouquet’s in Paris—so what else was there to expect? Samantha Swenson, ELLE Decor, "There's a Newcomer to The Strip: the NoMad Las Vegas," 12 Oct. 2018 Over the weekend, the newlyweds reportedly made the quick trip across the North Sea from their home in London to attend the opening of Amsterdam's new Soho House outpost. Andrea Park, Glamour, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Reportedly Took a Secret Trip to Amsterdam Over the Weekend," 25 Sep. 2018 Five Awá families from Posto Awá, an outpost created by the Brazilian government’s indigenous affairs agency, set out on an overnight excursion into the forest. Fox News, "Inside the Amazon’s ‘world’s most endangered tribe’ who bathes with turtles and and eats armadillos," 1 Oct. 2018 And Kush and Lokal founder Matt Kuscher announced an outpost of his new Hialeah deli. Carlos Frías, miamiherald, "Time Out Market's latest additions are a who's who of Miami's chefs. Take a look. | Miami Herald," 21 May 2018 Is the basket an outpost of civility in a game often marred by flagrant fouls and trash talk? Bill Livingston, cleveland.com, "The ball's truths, the whims of the rim, and the NBA basketball gods: Bill Livingston," 5 May 2018 Next fall, Indiana University announced Monday, the building will house the university’s new master of architecture program, serving as an outpost of the flagship Bloomington campus 36 miles to the west. Blair Kamin, chicagotribune.com, "Former newspaper building in Indiana, a modernist icon shaped in Chicago, will house architecture school," 4 May 2018

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First Known Use of outpost

1720, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of outpost

: a large military camp that is in another country or that is far from a country's center of activity
: a small town in a place that is far away from other towns or cities


out·​post | \ ˈau̇t-ˌpōst How to pronounce outpost (audio) \

Kids Definition of outpost

1 : a guard placed at a distance from a military force or camp
2 : the place occupied by such a guard
3 : an outlying settlement

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