outpost

noun out·post \ ˈau̇t-ˌpōst \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of outpost

1 a : 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
2 a : an outlying or frontier settlement
b : an outlying branch or position of a main organization or group

Examples of outpost in a Sentence

  1. an American outpost in Africa

  2. The city was established as a military outpost in the 1800s.

  3. a remote outpost of the old British Empire

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First Known Use of outpost

1720


OUTPOST Defined for English Language Learners

outpost

noun

Definition of outpost for English Language Learners

  • : 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


OUTPOST Defined for Kids

outpost

noun out·post \ ˈau̇t-ˌpōst \

Definition of outpost for Students

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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