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


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 Only all the precedents in Hollywood, and every signpost the script is pointing to, know for sure. Leah Greenblatt,, "Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani are the best thing about hectic, loony The Lovebirds: Review," 20 May 2020 Because Michigan was the first Obama-to-Trump state to vote in the presidential primary, an erstwhile brick in what Democrats once complacently called their Blue Wall, both parties pounced on Tuesday’s results for signposts pointing to November. Stephanie Saul, New York Times, "How Biden’s Victory in Michigan Points to Trouble for Trump in November," 12 Mar. 2020 And frankly, the look bore all of the signposts of the brand. Washington Post, "The Oscars red carpet was diverse, even if the nominees weren’t," 10 Feb. 2020 Those are the most important signposts of a fish fry worth eating, but the rest of the meal can set apart one dinner from the others. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "9 Milwaukee fish fries that will make Lent something special," 24 Feb. 2020 There are odd pauses, atonal noises, and the hosts have a question-and-answer patter going that invariably results in a not-quite-credible exclamation, providing clear signposts for the listener to heed a particular moment of revelation. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "The Other Latif and the Radiolab Problem," 26 Mar. 2020 The suspect then stripped the 4-foot-1, 75-pound Feden naked and left her by the signpost before driving home to Pennsylvania, authorities said. NBC News, "Pennsylvania man charged with kidnapping woman found dead in Nevada desert," 28 Feb. 2020 As a signpost of the digital age, people nowadays can order TripTiks, which first surfaced in 1937, online or through the AAA app and create a digital version. Edward C. Baig, USA TODAY, "Move aside, Google Maps, Apple Maps and GPS: Why people still love their paper maps," 8 Feb. 2020 The Chronicle has created Many Chinas, Many Tables to identify the best restaurants specializing in regional Chinese cuisines and offer signposts to help direct diners toward good food. Taylor Kate Brown,, "Bay Briefing: Policing hospital wards instead of city streets," 23 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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, "Ori and the Will of the Wisps," 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, "Kobe Bryant's other great gift was storytelling," 27 Jan. 2020 Anti-racist messages will be signposted around cricket grounds, as well as on screens and delivered by on-ground announcers. Calum Trenaman, CNN, "Cricket fan banned for two years after racially abusing England's Jofra Archer during Test match," 14 Jan. 2020 Teenagedom might be the phase of life most vividly signposted by pop culture, which has coughed up uncountable tales of bullies and outcasts, cheerleaders and quarterbacks, virginity anxieties and prom-posals, and so on. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Tegan and Sara Rewrite the Queer Coming-of-Age Story," 30 Sep. 2019 In 2015 district health authorities finally responded to community complaints to close the centre but Bach then secured a partnership with a public health centre in another district of Mayuge where the Serving His Children signpost is seen now. Rosebell Kagumire, Quartz Africa, "Ugandan mothers want justice for their children who died in care of an unlicensed American health worker," 17 Aug. 2019 From Poland to Colombia to Australia, thousands of young people have spent their Fridays striking in the name of climate change, signposting their activism with the hashtag #FridaysforFuture. Alejandra Borunda, National Geographic, "These young activists are striking to save their planet from climate change," 13 Mar. 2019 First, be warned that Simple includes a not-so-simple code in which different letters signpost different qualities in the recipes. Chloe Schama, Vogue, "Putting Ottolenghi’s New Cookbook, Simple, to the Test," 4 Oct. 2018 In this decade, when a TV show has done an episode satirizing rom-com tropes, the way Community or Don’t Trust the B in Apartment 23 did over the course of their runs, those episodes have usually involved signposting a fake relationship. Constance Grady, Vox, "To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before," 25 Aug. 2018

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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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“Signpost.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of signpost

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a sign beside a road showing the direction and distance to a place



English Language Learners Definition of signpost (Entry 2 of 2)

chiefly British : to provide (something) with signposts or guides


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Kids Definition of signpost

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

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