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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Recent Examples on the Web The latest outpost of Rosa Bonheur, a lively, guinguette-style restaurant and dance hall, is in the Bois de Vincennes. Washington Post, 23 July 2021 The latest outpost is from glamping operator Under Canvas. Erin Riley, Outside Online, 3 May 2021 The outpost is just a quick walk away from the Jack Casino and Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, 21 Apr. 2021 Though the store has moved a few times (and expanded throughout the Pacific Northwest), the present-day Seattle outpost is near the historic heart of the community. Naomi Tomky, Condé Nast Traveler, 20 Apr. 2021 The original Galleria outpost was the last to close, in 1995. Rick Nelson, Star Tribune, 16 Apr. 2021 The most interesting outpost in the orchard is centerfield, where shortstop Amed Rosario, whose resume as a major league outfielder consists of three innings in left field for the Mets in 2019, has suddenly been thrown into the fray. Jim Ingraham, Forbes, 19 Mar. 2021 The first out-of-state outpost of his Vote for Pedro cantina, dishing street tacos and tequila, will be one of 27 vendors inside the Delray Beach Market, the 150,000-square-foot food hall opening this April. Phillip Valys, sun-sentinel.com, 13 Mar. 2021 Kabooki could never let me down, even if the Colonial outpost was closed for a glam expansion over the summer. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, 26 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of outpost

1720, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Outpost.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outpost. Accessed 1 Aug. 2021.

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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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