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[sahyn-pohst] /ˈsaɪnˌpoʊst/
a post bearing a sign that gives information or guidance.
any immediately perceptible indication, obvious clue, etc.
verb (used with object)
to provide (a place, route, etc.) with signposts.
Origin of signpost
1610-20; sign + post1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • To get to that country, O children of a king, you would have to turn and turn, and spell out every signpost.

    Hints to Pilgrims Charles Stephen Brooks
  • Surely he must presently come to some village, or some signpost.

    The Magic World Edith Nesbit
  • There was a signpost of silvery snow, and on it in letters of pure ice the children read: This way to the North Pole.

    The Book of Dragons Edith Nesbit
  • Once he stopped, and with the aid of a lamp from the car found a signpost.

    A Bachelor Husband Ruby M. Ayres
  • "Let us follow the path back to the signpost," suggested Billina.

    The Emerald City of Oz L. Frank Baum
  • Sorrow's crown of sorrow is, however, attained when a signpost is seen in the distance.

    The Cornish Coast (South) Charles G. Harper
  • Michael nodded, saluting, so to speak, the signpost into the future as he passed it.

    Michael E. F. Benson
British Dictionary definitions for signpost


a post bearing a sign that shows the way, as at a roadside
something that serves as a clue or indication; sign
verb (transitive; usually passive)
to mark with signposts
to indicate direction towards: the camp site is signposted from the road
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for signpost

also sign-post, 1610s, "sign on a post, usually indicating an inn or shop," from sign (n.) + post (n.1). Meaning "guide- or direction-post along a road" is attested from 1863. Figurative sense is from 1889.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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