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[out-pohst] /ˈaʊtˌpoʊst/
a station established at a distance from the main body of an army to protect it from surprise attack:
We keep only a small garrison of men at our desert outposts.
the body of troops stationed there; detachment or perimeter guard.
an outlying settlement, installation, position, etc.
Origin of outpost
1750-60; out- + post2 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for outpost
  • The list of innovations that came from the outpost is amazing.
  • The town began as a fishing and mining outpost, but more recently, creative types have staked claims here as well.
  • Frank had arrived in this coal-choked outpost without a proper pair of pants.
  • The island's location has also made it an excellent military outpost throughout its history.
  • outpost was mainly a resistance organization against the occupation forces.
British Dictionary definitions for outpost


  1. a position stationed at a distance from the area occupied by a major formation
  2. the troops assigned to such a position
an outlying settlement or position
a limit or frontier
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Word Origin and History for outpost

1757, "military position detached from the main body of troops," from out + post (n.2). Originally in George Washington's letters. Commercial sense of "trading settlement near a frontier" is from 1802. Phrase outpost of Empire (by 1895) in later use often echoes Kipling.

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