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 For the San Jose Giants, the Bay Area’s only minor league team, their May 4 season opener was a signpost in American life’s return to normalcy. Chronicle Staff, San Francisco Chronicle, 27 June 2021 State police said a preliminary investigation indicated that a 25-year-old woman was recklessly driving a 2008 Nissan vehicle at speeds of more than 100 mph before losing control and crashing into a signpost. Kyle Davidson, Detroit Free Press, 14 June 2021 But if Calderon hoped to gain some momentum on this issue with his giant signpost, the tragic results of one such US attempt likely turned American politicians away from trying to tackle guns, Grillo said. Stefano Pozzebon, CNN, 8 June 2021 Yeah, Bonnie Tyler’s original is such a signpost of 1980s excess. Rachel Brodsky, Vulture, 19 May 2021 As well as serving as a refresher on stock market basics, the GameStop situation is also a signpost pointing to emerging trends in investment and fintech. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 20 Apr. 2021 For the best views and most variety, head right at the signpost and into the core of the uphill trek. Mare Czinar, The Arizona Republic, 8 Apr. 2021 For Bradley, having the fans back, even in limited numbers, marks another signpost on the return to normalcy. Kevin Baxter Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 6 Apr. 2021 The Ford Focus went off the left side of the road and struck a signpost at 4950 Paddock Road. Jeanne Houck, The Enquirer, 26 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 Anti-racist messages will be signposted around cricket grounds, as well as on screens and delivered by on-ground announcers. Calum Trenaman, CNN, 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, 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, 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, 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, 4 Oct. 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 23 Jul. 2021.

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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


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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