Definition of outpost
1a : a security detachment dispatched by a main body of troops to protect it from enemy surpriseb : a military base established by treaty or agreement in another country
2a : an outlying or frontier settlementb : 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 of outpost from the Web
Chipotle officials confirmed in a statement that the outbreak had been reported to local health officials and that the outpost had been temporarily shut down.
On a walking tour Saturday, leader Nancy Powell noted that when railroads replaced pioneer trails, the historic town of Westport lost its dominance as the outpost where pioneers, trappers and explores outfitted themselves before heading west.
The 99-cent store with the bright red awning cannot compete with the cutthroat pricing or huge selection at the two Dollar Tree outposts in its poor Brooklyn neighborhood.
The high energy and cacophonous, somewhat snug, nature of LouVino’s Highlands outpost is traded in for roomy, wing back chairs and wide booths of the Middletown location.
The violence soon escalated as dozens of masked militants appeared at the outpost, opening fire for around 30 minutes before stealing weapons and ammunition.
There are also plans for Modern Times outposts in Los Angeles and Anaheim.
Kittydelphia will also have a South Philly outpost at Kawaii Kitty Cafe, who will also sell merchandise.
Many bankers acknowledge that the specter of moving to a city that is more than ten times smaller than London feels a bit like being sent off to a desert outpost.
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First Known Use of outpost
OUTPOST Defined for English Language Learners
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
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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