stepping-stone

noun
step·​ping-stone | \ ˈste-piŋ-ˌstōn How to pronounce stepping-stone (audio) \

Definition of stepping-stone

1 : a stone on which to step (as in crossing a stream)
2 : a means of progress or advancement

First Known Use of stepping-stone

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of stepping-stone was in the 14th century

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“Stepping-stone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stepping-stone. Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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stepping-stone

noun

English Language Learners Definition of stepping-stone

: a large, flat stone that you step on to cross a stream
: something that helps you get or achieve something

stepping-stone

noun
step·​ping-stone | \ ˈste-piŋ-ˌstōn \

Kids Definition of stepping-stone

1 : a stone on which to step (as in crossing a stream)
2 : something that helps in progress or advancement a stepping-stone to success

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