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.
- ‘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.’
- ‘The French twin town presented Ingleton with a milestone setting out the distance between the two.’
2An action or event marking a significant change or stage in development.‘the speech is being hailed as a milestone in race relations’
turning point, watershed, critical point, historic event, major achievementView synonyms
- ‘It is not easy but represents a positive milestone on the long road to recovery.’
- ‘Here are important milestones on the road leading up to the current situation.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Each of these are milestones on a road that's inexorably leading us into a one-way street from which there is no return.’
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