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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Nearby is Fort Klamath, the first military outpost in the region. Julie H. Case, San Francisco Chronicle, "Oregon’s volcanic byway offers views of where lava shaped the land," 22 May 2018 The second section of the film opens on the remote military outpost known as Foxtrot. Michael Heaton, cleveland.com, "'Foxtrot' is a powerful anti-war film from Israel (review)," 27 Apr. 2018 The prospect of a Chinese military outpost about 2,000 kilometers (1,243 miles) off Australia’s coast had been discussed at the highest levels in Canberra and Washington, Fairfax said. Jason Scott, Bloomberg.com, "Australia Affirms Vanuatu Ties Amid Report of Chinese Base," 10 Apr. 2018 Pérez appeared in online videos in December showing him and a small armed band taking over a small military outpost and smashing a portrait of Maduro with his foot. Antonio Maria Delgado, miamiherald, "Venezuela confirms death of former cop, and says CNN interview helped find rebel group," 16 Jan. 2018 Internet and cellphone service is spotty, the two roads to the outside world are snowed in every winter, and Buddhist monasteries compete with military outposts for prime mountaintop locations. New York Times, "Delivering Amazon Packages to the Top of the World," 2 July 2018 That means anything beyond a miniature outpost for Facebook, Google, Amazon and other industry whales is totally out of the question. Jennifer Van Grove, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Will a Horton Plaza office campus change the character of downtown?," 15 June 2018 In the film, a functionary of the Spanish government waits at a remote South American outpost for new orders. Mark Olsen, latimes.com, "Indie Focus: Summer sneaks plus 'Zama,' 'Disobedience,' and 'Duck Butter'," 29 Apr. 2018 Best Luxe Launchpad Chateau Lake Louise, on the south shore of stunning Lake Louise, was built in 1890 as a remote outpost for intrepid Banff Springs guests. Katie Arnold, Outside Online, "Banff's Top Family Adventures," 11 Apr. 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 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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