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 Some 20 men on motorbikes descended on an army-and-police outpost near the border at Kafolo. The Economist, "War south of the Sahara Jihadists in the Sahel threaten west Africa’s coastal states," 11 July 2020 Social distancing is enforced in this outpost of old California. Carl Nolte, SFChronicle.com, "No, Sailor Girl, we can’t escape reality, but we tried," 11 July 2020 Rooms in the Nashville outpost of Virgin Hotels follow the brand’s signature style. Tanner Saunders, Travel + Leisure, "Virgin Hotels Nashville Just Opened — and It Has a Stunning Rooftop Pool," 2 July 2020 The crucial information that led the spies and commandos to focus on the bounties included the recovery of a large amount of American cash from a raid on a Taliban outpost that prompted suspicions. Adam Goldman, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump denies briefing on reported bounties against US troops," 28 June 2020 Juneteenth commemorates the day the Union General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas, the last outpost in the U.S. where people were enslaved, and freed the people kept as slaves. CBS News, "Watch live: Tulsa Juneteenth rally," 19 June 2020 The small, upscale xenias were seen as old-fashioned and inefficient: some were simply demolished, including a beautiful site on Ioannina outpost, while others were co-opted as community centers. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "How the Greek Government's Minimalist Hotels Turned the Islands into a Tourist Hotspot," 2 June 2020 France established the first permanent settlement in 1604, which eventually transformed into the influential colonial outpost known as New France. Amy Mckeever, National Geographic, "Canada Day marks the country’s birth—but not its independence," 1 July 2020 Where to stay: Overnight at the Oklahoma City outpost of the 21C Museum Hotel boutique chain, a four-year-old downtown property in the former Ford Motor Company assembly plant. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "14 Best Road Trips in America," 22 June 2020

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First Known Use of outpost

1720, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of outpost was in 1720

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“Outpost.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outpost. Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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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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