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
China has reclaimed thousands of acres of land to build artificial outposts on reefs, adding airstrips, lighthouses and port facilities to better project influence over the waterway.
Two years is not fast enough for Port Eads, a small sport fishing and research outpost at the river's mouth.
Conflicting reports had the resilient strongman still directing his battered forces, or hiding in a Panamanian or Colombian jungle outpost, or seeking asylum in the Cuban or Nicaraguan embassies in Panama City.
Another weapon in the festival's arsenal is its prime location: a defunct military outpost once armed with Cold War missiles.
Newport, RI and Montauk, NYThe Hamptons icon Gurney's recently opened a second outpost in Newport, Rhode Island.
Gen. Jagath Dias led an army division whose troops were accused of attacking civilians and bombing a church, a hospital and other humanitarian outposts.
A package of a soccer match against him followed by dinner in Paris went for €350,000 ($391,000), while a week for someone and their sixty closest friends offered by 1Oak’s Richie Akiva at his new Maldives outpost went for €700,000 ($782,000).
And China is planning a whole fleet for its controversial new outposts in the South China Sea, according to state media reports.
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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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