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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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Examples from the Web for sign-posts
Historical Examples
  • Actual life is full of false clues and sign-posts that lead nowhere.

    Howards End E. M. Forster
  • They mean us to use them for sign-posts we mistake the sign-post for the destination.

    Howards End E. M. Forster
  • The refrains act like sign-posts to help the child to mark the progress.

    Here and Now Story Book Lucy Sprague Mitchell
  • "Dangerous passin," as the sign-posts say, abaout these times.'

    Over the Teacups Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • "You ought to have sign-posts," said Chubbins, who had once been in a city.

    Twinkle and Chubbins

    L. Frank (Lyman Frank) Baum
  • Notwithstanding my alien position, they have hailed me too, and inquired for sign-posts.

    Tramping with Tramps Josiah Flynt
  • There were no sign-posts anywhere, and it had begun to rain heavily.

    The Affair at the Inn Kate Douglas Wiggin
  • Couldn't we alter the sign-posts, so that they wouldn't know the way to Maidstone?

    The Wouldbegoods E. Nesbit
  • These hut builders and road makers had been lavish of sign-posts.

    To Lhassa at Last Powell Millington
  • We turn the mountains into posters and the hills into sign-posts.

British Dictionary definitions for sign-posts


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 sign-posts



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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