out·post | \ ˈau̇t-ˌpōst \

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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The city is a picturesque outpost, with red-rock desert framing bright green lawns and golf courses, all built around the stark white Mormon temple in the center of town. Jake Bullinger, WIRED, "America's Fastest-Growing Urban Area Has a Water Problem," 22 May 2018 The Tahiti of this movie, once Gauguin flees the French colonial outposts and ventures into the jungles, is both beckoning and forbidding. Peter Rainer, The Christian Science Monitor, "'Gauguin: Voyage to Tahiti' chronicles Gauguin’s desire to see a new way," 13 July 2018 The outpost is one of several in the country where the Army’s Security Force Assistance Brigade is stationed. Mujib Mashal, BostonGlobe.com, "‘Insider attack’ kills US service member in Afghanistan," 8 July 2018 The interior laboratory module, where the four astronauts of the outpost will live and work. NBC News, "Here's what future Mars and lunar space colonies could look like," 7 July 2018 This particular Dragon is recycled and has visited the outpost once before. Marcia Dunn, OrlandoSentinel.com, "SpaceX delivers AI robot, ice cream, mice to space station," 2 July 2018 London may become the outpost of a bank’s European hub. Patricia Kowsmann, WSJ, "Brexit Killing London as Financial Hub? Not Just Yet," 29 June 2018 The Farmerbrown outpost is expected to open in August. Justin Phillips, SFChronicle.com, "Airport restaurants in search of staff offer signing bonuses, gift cards," 28 June 2018 The Houston outpost will carry them same menu as the DFW restaurants. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "Shell Shack to open in Houston in July," 19 June 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 \

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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