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[sahyn-bawrd, -bohrd] /ˈsaɪnˌbɔrd, -ˌboʊrd/
a board bearing a sign.
Origin of signboard
1625-35; sign + board Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • The chimney was smoking away merrily, and his mouth positively watered as he turned towards the signboard.

  • Besides this he swore that the name James Kelly was on the signboard.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
  • A travelling pedler, passing by, was struck with the name on the signboard.

  • Copernicus was, indeed, a man of forty when Holbein was painting this signboard in 1516.

    Holbein Beatrice Fortescue
  • I got out of that window, which is just over the signboard and beside the niche containing the little god.

  • It is a work of power, of art, while its moral is not flaunted as on a signboard.

    Iconoclasts James Huneker
  • Mrs. Greening had it on her lips; anybody who could read print on a signboard could have told what they were shaped to say.

    The Bondboy George W. (George Washington) Ogden
  • He does not give his inn the name because it has the signboard; it has the signboard because it has the name.

  • He made a search, and about the middle of the Rue Tronchet he read, at a distance on a signboard, "Furnished apartments."

  • Some favourites of the signboard have, however, been more fortunate than others.

British Dictionary definitions for signboard


a board carrying a sign or notice, esp one used to advertise a product, event, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for signboard

also sign-board, 1630s, from sign (n.) + board (n.1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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