One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A stone set up beside a road to mark the distance in miles to a particular place.
- ‘The French twin town presented Ingleton with a milestone setting out the distance between the two.’
- ‘My mum pointed me at Milestones Online, a site cataloguing signposts and milestones, mostly in my home county of Essex.’
- ‘A granite marker stone or milestone is preserved in Breage church.’
- ‘Stuart now studies old Ordnance Survey maps, which mark the location of milestones with the letters MS, or MP for milepost.’
2A significant stage or event in the development of something.‘the speech is being hailed as a milestone in race relations’
turning point, watershed, critical point, historic event, major achievementView synonyms
- ‘It now stands at the last milestone on the road away from militarism.’
- ‘Of course such incidents are important milestones on our road to adulthood.’
- ‘It is not easy but represents a positive milestone on the long road to recovery.’
- ‘Each of these are milestones on a road that's inexorably leading us into a one-way street from which there is no return.’
- ‘Here are important milestones on the road leading up to the current situation.’
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