[ mahyl-pohst ]
/ ˈmaɪlˌpoʊst /


any of a series of posts set up to mark distance by miles, as along a highway, or an individual post showing the distance to or from a place.
a notable point or significant event in the progress or development of something; milestone.



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Origin of milepost

An Americanism dating back to 1760–70; mile + post1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for milepost

  • Close to the line was a milepost indicating that a certain Dutch town was two miles west.

  • It is the milepost between the time that was and the time that is, that flask, and to it we owe the single standard of drinking.

    Nonsenseorship|G. G. Putnam and Others
  • Each major step was a milepost in the developing unity, strength and resolute will of the free nations.

  • I am sure no man of brilliant mind can pass this milepost and not hitch his team and do some precious loading.

    Philosophy of Osteopathy|Andrew T. Still

British Dictionary definitions for milepost

/ (ˈmaɪlˌpəʊst) /


horse racing a marking post on a racecourse a mile before the finishing line
mainly US and Canadian a signpost that shows the distance in miles to or from a placeAlso called (esp Brit): milestone
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