out·​post | \ ˈau̇t-ˌpōst \

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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The shop is an outpost of Rococo's original location, and serves up unique flavors like Blueberry Chipotle and Sweet Avocado Cayenne. Lindsay Silberman, Town & Country, "The Perfect Weekend in Ogunquit, Maine," 24 Oct. 2018 Many Americans managed to thankfully evacuate because there was a nearby CIA outpost which was subsequently attacked multiple waves of Jihadists. Fox News, "George Papadopoulos on what he wants the American people to know," 12 Sep. 2018 The latest addition to his culinary empire is a new outpost of a pre-existing concept located in Washington D.C. — Fish by José Andrés. refinery29.com, "The Best Meal Famed Chef José Andrés Has Ever Eaten Was A Humble Potato," 10 July 2018 Lore has it that it was built in Scotland nearly a century ago, dismantled and delivered piecemeal to what was then a northern Baltimore County outpost. Elizabeth Heubeck, baltimoresun.com, "Freemasons' Bonnie Blink sits on a hill in Cockeysville, caters to elderly residents," 20 June 2018 Scheduled for a mid-August opening, the 5,500-foot space will be the fifth and largest Bucharest Grill outpost in the city and the only one to feature a bar with beer and wine. Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press, "Beloved Detroit shawarma chain Bucharest Grill returning to downtown," 15 June 2018 And some clusters at the edges of sage grouse habitat were end-of-the-road outposts with one way in and one way out. Keith Ridler, idahostatesman, "Breeding ground 'hubs' help keep sage grouse healthy. In Idaho, 1 sits near CJ Strike," 6 June 2018 Oman hopes a vast project in a hitherto rural town can help diversify its economy (CNN)The town of Duqm was once a sleepy outpost on Oman's central eastern seaboard. Eoghan Macguire, CNN, "Can Duqm become the Arab world's next 'great city?'," 3 June 2018 All of the projects have taken over spaces that were once outposts of Patterson’s Alta restaurants, the last remaining of which being located in the Yotel Hotel on Market Street. Justin Phillips, San Francisco Chronicle, "Inside Besharam, now open for Gujarati dinner service," 31 May 2018

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First Known Use of outpost

1720, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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 \

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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