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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Another effective Taliban tactic is dressing in army or police uniforms and driving stolen, explosives-laden Humvees into government outposts. David Zucchino, New York Times, "Seeking Revenge, Taliban Target Afghan Soldiers’ Families," 10 July 2019 Big and Little’s, which started as a shack in River North 10 years ago, has enjoyed enough success to expand to five locations, including an outpost at Midway Airport and a new spot in Logan Square with a bustling patio. Alexia Elejalde-ruiz, chicagotribune.com, "Dining out could get more expensive as a higher minimum wage forces restaurants to raise prices," 9 July 2019 Screen Door, the popular Portland Southern comfort food restaurant with its notoriously long lines at its location on East Burnside Street, is opening an outpost at Portland International Airport in 2021. oregonlive.com, "Screen Door, Tillamook to open new outposts at Portland’s airport," 9 July 2019 Namu Stonepot’s flagship outpost on Divisadero will remain open. Justin Phillips, SFChronicle.com, "Big changes for Namu crew: Namu Gaji moves to SoMa, Namu Stonepot expands to second San Francisco location," 8 July 2019 The scene might have sparked memories of more austere outposts in Afghanistan and Iraq for veterans of those wars, right down to the diesel fumes of the generators and the seven-minute showers. Sig Christenson, ExpressNews.com, "In Fort Sam’s tranquil quadrangle, Buchanan was at center of storm," 7 July 2019 For something more challenging, consider a day trek to Vikatgad Fort, an obscure outpost about which little is known. Payal Dhar, Washington Post, "Keep your cool in India by visiting one of the country’s hill stations," 5 July 2019 Langosteria Paraggi, Portofino Two years ago, the Milan restaurant opened an outpost on the glittering Italian Riviera. Leena Kim, Town & Country, "10 Best Places to Drink Aperol Spritzes This Summer," 3 July 2019 Browse her studio’s private collection at General Prim 30, a 20th-century mansion that plays host to myriad photography and contemporary art exhibitions, plus outposts like Planta, a design house dedicated to urban greenery. Michaela Trimble, Vogue, "An Insider’s Guide to Colonia Juárez, Mexico City’s Hottest Neighborhood," 3 July 2019

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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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