[sahyn-bawrd, -bohrd]
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Origin of signboard

First recorded in 1625–35; sign + board Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for signboard

Historical Examples of 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.)

  • 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.


    Beatrice Fortescue

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

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

British Dictionary definitions for signboard


  1. a board carrying a sign or notice, esp one used to advertise a product, event, etc
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Word Origin and History for signboard

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

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