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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
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Examples from the web for signpost
  • We tend to get stuck at some signpost, proclaiming it the ultimate light.
  • For him the netsuke, so small and captivating, were not enough as a mere signpost to a family history.
  • Every side road had a signpost warning of the unwisdom of photography and the presence of military installations.
  • It was not so much an actual date as a signpost indicating the distant future.
  • In that sense, the debate is a signpost to the party's future.
  • Choosing the best signpost depends on the expected snow depth.
  • The signpost sales are not advertised to the public and knowledge of them is transferred via word of mouth.
  • For deeper snow, a much taller fixed wooden signpost may be needed.
  • Damaged breakaway signposts may be made into signpost stubs.
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
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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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