milestone

[ mahyl-stohn ]
/ ˈmaɪlˌstoʊn /

noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. miles to go before i sleep,
  2. miles' operation,
  3. miles, nelson appleton,
  4. milesian,
  5. milesians,
  6. miletus,
  7. milf,
  8. milfoil,
  9. milford,
  10. milford haven

Origin of milestone

First recorded in 1740–50; mile + stone

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British Dictionary definitions for milestone

milestone

/ (ˈmaɪlˌstəʊn) /

noun

a stone pillar that shows the distance in miles to or from a place
a significant event in life, history, etc
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Word Origin and History for milestone

milestone

n.

1746, from mile + stone (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper