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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Stuck together on a lonely forbidding outpost, this cabin-fever tale affords its two superb leads the opportunity to sing and dance, bond and brawl. Los Angeles Times, "Best of the 2019 Toronto Film Festival: There was ‘Parasite’ and there was everything else," 13 Sep. 2019 Valdemar Estates, a new U.S. outpost of a 130-year-old Spanish winery, offers tapas and a spectacular view from its patio along with excellent wines from both Spain and the Walla Walla Valley. Sally Carpenter Hale, chicagotribune.com, "Like wine from France’s Rhone Valley? Head to Walla Walla," 13 Sep. 2019 In 2012, a mob armed with guns and grenades launched a fiery nightlong attack on a US diplomatic outpost and a CIA annex in Benghazi, Libya, killing US Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. BostonGlobe.com, "In 1789, Alexander Hamilton was appointed the first US Secretary of the Treasury.," 11 Sep. 2019 Mandatory evacuations imposed last week were reduced to advisory warnings in all areas except Murdock Crossing and Stoney, small outposts southeast of Antelope Lake. Bay Area News Group, The Mercury News, "Walker Fire map: Evacuations reduced as rain helps firefighters," 11 Sep. 2019 In 2012, a mob armed with guns and grenades launched a fiery nightlong attack on a U.S. diplomatic outpost and a CIA annex in Benghazi, Libya, killing U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. orlandosentinel.com, "Today in history: September 11," 11 Sep. 2019 The Israelis live in around 132 settlements that were established by the government and some 113 outposts that were founded without government approval, according to the group. NBC News, "Netanyahu seeks to annex Jordan Valley 'in coordination' with U.S.," 10 Sep. 2019 An average weekend now consists of two or three parties in Chattanooga, but Cornelius has also expanded her business to cover northern Alabama, and a Nashville outpost also launched this month. Kelsey Ogletree, House Beautiful, "Southern Sleepovers Sets Up the Coolest Slumber Parties at People's Houses," 10 Sep. 2019 Closer to home, Snag, a lonely outpost in the Yukon Territory, holds the North American cold record with a reading of -81 F on Feb. 3, 1947. Anchorage Daily News, "Thermometers are at work everywhere in cold-conscious Alaska," 7 Sep. 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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