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
Recent Examples on the Web As evidence of the company’s ambitions, Independent recently launched an L.A. outpost, hiring former Voltage Pictures executive Marc Hofstatter as head of acquisitions. K.j. Yossman, Variety, 11 Sep. 2022 But the school, like other community centers across the region, had become an emergency outpost, providing hot meals, water, and supplies. Carter Sickels, Outside Online, 3 Sep. 2022 The Artemis program involves establishing a sustained human presence on the moon and putting an orbiting lunar outpost called the Gateway in place. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 28 Aug. 2022 Artemis will set up the lunar Gateway, an outpost orbiting the moon that is to be assembled in space and aid future exploration. Carlyn Kranking, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 Aug. 2022 Conveniently situated in a Westchester Village plaza inside what was previously a Boston Market, Hart House has landed prime real estate considering LAX — and an outpost of tourist-friendly In-N-Out Burger — are nearby. Ural Garrett, The Hollywood Reporter, 24 Aug. 2022 In recent years, Quontic Bank has offered checking accounts that accrue rewards in bitcoin and opened an outpost in the metaverse. Ben Eisen, WSJ, 12 Aug. 2022 On the way home from a friend’s going away party, I am summoned to Aslin, a brewery based out of Reston, Virginia, that has recently opened an outpost a few blocks from my home. Bon Appétit Contributor, Bon Appétit, 12 Aug. 2022 By 1963, there were a total of five Nielsen's locations in Houston, including an outpost at 500 Jefferson Building in Cullen Center and in the Spring Oaks shopping center in Spring Branch. Megha Mcswain, Chron, 10 Aug. 2022 See More

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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 25 Sep. 2022.

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More Definitions for outpost


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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