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[mahyl-stohn] /ˈmaɪlˌstoʊn/
a stone functioning as a milepost.
a significant event or stage in the life, progress, development, or the like of a person, nation, etc.:
Her getting the job of supervisor was a milestone in her career.
Origin of milestone
First recorded in 1740-50; mile + stone Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • A few minutes later we found poor Villaret seated on a milestone.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • Ten minutes beyond Soof we had a Roman milestone lying at our feet.

  • He sat down on the first milestone in the road, and meditated with his head in his hands.

    If Winter Don't Barry Pain
  • There is a rugged circular font, and what is supposed to be a Roman milestone.

    The Cornwall Coast Arthur L. Salmon
  • She sat in the carridge as silent as a milestone, and as madd as a march Air.

    Burlesques William Makepeace Thackeray
British Dictionary definitions for milestone


a stone pillar that shows the distance in miles to or from a place
a significant event in life, history, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for milestone

1746, from mile + stone (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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