[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. signorelli, luca,
  2. signoret,
  3. signorina,
  4. signorino,
  5. signory,
  6. signposted,
  7. signy,
  8. sigrdrifa,
  9. sigrid,
  10. sigsbee

Origin of signpost

First recorded in 1610–20; sign + post1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for sign-posts

British Dictionary definitions for sign-posts


/ (ˈsaɪnˌpəʊst) /


a post bearing a sign that shows the way, as at a roadside
something that serves as a clue or indication; sign

verb (tr; usually passive)

to mark with signposts
to indicate direction towardsthe camp site is signposted from the road
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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