sign·​post | \ ˈsīn-ˌpōst How to pronounce signpost (audio) \

Definition of signpost

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a post (as at the fork of a road) with signs on it to direct travelers
2 : guide, beacon


signposted; signposting; signposts

Definition of signpost (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to provide with or as if with signposts or guides

Examples of signpost in a Sentence

Noun The signpost says it is 10 miles to the city. Verb The road from here to London is well signposted.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun On Friday, the first day of the second half of September, the sky seemed to be a silent and subdued signpost, placing before us each of those messages. Martin Weil, Washington Post, 17 Sep. 2022 Two street signs and a signpost were reported stolen June 22 from the ground at the intersection of Hibbard and Sunset Roads, police said. Daniel I. Dorfman, Chicago Tribune, 5 July 2022 It’s a mega-birdhouse, made of cedar, that looks like a big signpost showing many destinations—twelve dwellings, eight or so birds each. Zach Helfand, The New Yorker, 13 June 2022 Still, the longer-term picture may look greener if the current mood in Germany proves to be a signpost. Ned Temko, The Christian Science Monitor, 13 Apr. 2022 Other Facebook posts similarly invoke the Underground Railroad signpost explanation. Emiliano Tahui Gómez, USA TODAY, 18 Feb. 2022 Instead, experts say the statues were a signpost of class and racial positioning for white Americans in suburban communities. Emiliano Tahui Gómez, USA TODAY, 18 Feb. 2022 At the top of the hike was a signpost with a large photo of Mount Olympus and her sparkling white sister peaks, quietly levitating in their icy realm far above the mucky smoke. Emily Pennington, Outside Online, 13 Aug. 2021 Family and friends pose for photos with Gray and his wife by the signpost. al, 12 Jan. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Time has shown us that photographs can signpost the escape routes from essentialising Western visual regimes. Vogue, 12 Sep. 2022 Time has shown us that photographs can signpost the escape routes from essentialising Western visual regimes. Vogue, 1 Aug. 2022 People posting such content have found ways to evade moderation, including vague nods that signpost for users more explicit material on other platforms, or through inside jokes, memes and references that mock or glorify genocide. Miriam Berger, Washington Post, 13 July 2022 In the Netherlands, a number of key portals have been developed by central government agencies, such as and, with these portals designed to help signpost citizens to the correct resources. Lauri Haav, Forbes, 12 Apr. 2022 Around the same time that T.J. was hitching rides from friends and strangers, the Rota Vicentina Association had just formed to connect and signpost the tracks that generations of fishermen have etched into the clifftops. Jamie Ditaranto, Travel + Leisure, 1 Feb. 2022 Where this relates to the medical profession is that physicians appear to be systematically failing to signpost patients in their care at risk of falls and serious injury at home towards adaptive equipment. Gus Alexiou, Forbes, 27 Apr. 2021 Key items and pathways that should be obviously signposted can also sometimes be too well-hidden in the crowded environments, a fact that can lead to hours of fruitless searching for the apparent next step in the game's progression. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, 12 Mar. 2020 The poem also signposted a creator who had a real ear for words, and could understand their rhythm and musicality. Jeva Lange, TheWeek, 27 Jan. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of signpost


1597, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1884, in the meaning defined above

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23 Sep 2022

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“Signpost.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2022.

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sign·​post | \ ˈsīn-ˌpōst How to pronounce signpost (audio) \

Kids Definition of signpost

: a post with a sign or signs (as for directing travelers)

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