Definition of scout noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//skaʊt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//skaʊt//
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  1. 1the Scouts [plural] an organization (officially called the Scout Association) originally for boys, which trains young people in practical skills and does a lot of activities with them, for example camping to join the Scouts Culture The Scout Association was formed in Britain in 1908 by Lord Robert Baden-Powell. It organizes outdoor activities for boys, e.g. camping, and aims to teach them practical skills, discipline and social responsibility. Members wear uniforms, and their motto (= phrase expressing an aim or a belief) is 'Be prepared'. The four main groups are Beaver Scouts (for ages 6-8), Cub Scouts (8-10½), Scouts (10½-15½) and Venture Scouts (15½-20). Girls were admitted to the Scouts for the first time in Britain in 1990. compare Girl Guide
  2. 2(British English) a boy or girl who is a member of the Scouts Both my brothers were scouts. a scout troop see also Boy Scout, Guide compare brownie
  3. 3a person, an aircraft, etc. sent ahead to get information about the enemy’s position, strength, etc. Wordfindercolonize, discover, explore, pioneer, reconnaissance, scout, settle, terrain, territory, voyage
  4. 4= talent scout
  5. Word Originlate Middle English (as a verb): from Old French escouter ‘listen’, earlier ascolter, from Latin auscultare.Extra examples I learned how to tie knots in the scouts. My brother is in the scouts. Some tropical bees send out scouts to find new sources of food. The commander sent out a scout to see if the road was clear.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: scout