out·sid·er | \ ˌau̇t-ˈsī-dər , ˈau̇t-ˌsī- \

Definition of outsider 

1 : a person who does not belong to a particular group

2 chiefly British : a contender not expected to win

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Other words from outsider

outsiderness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for outsider


foreigner, nonnative, outlander, stranger



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Examples of outsider in a Sentence

To outsiders, the ritual may seem strange. She felt like an outsider in her new school. An outsider defeated the champion! She was a rank outsider who managed to win.
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Perhaps the best way to understand Croatia’s outsider status is by looking at the team lining up across the pitch from them Sunday. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "Croatia Eyes the Greatest Upset in World Cup History," 13 July 2018 The government gave in, relocated the prisoners, and the Filicudari returned home to resume their quiet way of embracing outsiders like me. Howie Kahn, Smithsonian, "These Volcanic, Italian Islands Have Been Beloved by Travelers Since Homeric Times," 11 July 2018 That show crystallized conservative fears about America under Obama by depicting small communities of stalwart traditionalists being beset by hordes of outsiders. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "The Handmaid’s Tale season 2 was masterful. But it may have broken the show.," 11 July 2018 Royals manager Ned Yost referred to himself as something of an outsider to the vetting process that Moore will conduct in the coming days and weeks. Sam Mcdowell, kansascity, "Yost leaves Royals' decision on Heimlich to GM but says ‘I believe in second chances’," 25 June 2018 The seven-year Laguna resident and mixed-media artist still feels like an outsider. David Hansen, latimes.com, "Artist Elizabeth Bridy kept trying, finally winning a spot at the Festival of Arts," 19 June 2018 Cheek cast himself as a sensible conservative outsider who was needed to keep the county from running into the ditch. Bill Torpy, ajc, "Torpy at Large: When gadflies try to enter the Belly of the Beast," 24 May 2018 Boone Fiscal Court members face challengers Boone County's four-person incumbent leadership team are each being challenged by political newcomers running campaigns as political outsiders. Chris Mayhew, Cincinnati.com, "Northern Kentucky's May 22 primary election has storylines to watch," 3 May 2018 In 2013 and 2014 a group of outsiders spent about a year studying how NASA might muster the funding—and political and public will—to mount a humans-to-Mars campaign using the Space Launch System rocket. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "NASA budgeting reveals dim hopes for humans going to Mars," 26 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of outsider

1800, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of outsider was in 1800

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English Language Learners Definition of outsider

: a person who does not belong to or is not accepted as part of a particular group or organization

: a person or animal that is not expected to win a race or competition


out·sid·er | \ au̇t-ˈsī-dər \

Kids Definition of outsider

: a person who does not belong to a particular group

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