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[sahyn-bawrd, -bohrd] /ˈsaɪnˌbɔrd, -ˌboʊrd/
a board bearing a sign.
Origin of signboard
First recorded in 1625-35; sign + board Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for signboard
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  • Besides this he swore that the name James Kelly was on the signboard.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
  • His name was not on the signboard, and the license was for another person.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
  • Copernicus was, indeed, a man of forty when Holbein was painting this signboard in 1516.

    Holbein Beatrice Fortescue
  • It was his horse pawing with cold and impatience behind the signboard.

    The Fighting Shepherdess

    Caroline Lockhart
  • This species of weather-vane which looked upon the pavement was the signboard.

    Notre-Dame de Paris Victor Hugo
  • That was what made Tom go into the inn, seeing his own name on the signboard.

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


    James Huneker
  • The signboard of one Roger Giles easily bears away the bell.

    The Cornish Coast (South) Charles G. Harper
  • Over the door of the inn a signboard creaked and flapped in the wind.

    Kisington Town Abbie Farwell Brown
  • He does not give his inn the name because it has the signboard; it has the signboard because it has the name.

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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