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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
First recorded in 1610-20; sign + post1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • "As that is the case, you have no right to have that signpost at the end of the lane," I retorted.

    A Master of Mysteries L. T. Meade
  • The column marching on and passing a signpost, each unit read what it had to say.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • A signpost told him that the dusty ribbon was the Nine-Mile road.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • Michael nodded, saluting, so to speak, the signpost into the future as he passed it.

    Michael E. F. Benson
  • Surely he must presently come to some village, or some signpost.

    The Magic World Edith Nesbit
  • I knew every signpost, every crossroad, every foot of the ground.

    Cutting It out Samuel G. Blythe
  • Twice he was suspended from the signpost, and twice cut down.

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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