out·​sid·​er | \ ˌau̇t-ˈsī-dər How to pronounce outsider (audio) , 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

Other Words from outsider

outsiderness noun

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web Qualls, who is Black, has underlined his rise from poverty to success and his outsider status. Steve Karnowski, ajc, 14 May 2022 And scientist and entrepreneur Bilal Mahmood, a political novice, is staking his claim on fresh ideas and innovation — and on his outsider status. Danielle Echeverria, San Francisco Chronicle, 15 Feb. 2022 Nothing could have highlighted her outsider status more than the optics of the first Democratic debate, in Miami, in the summer of 2019. New York Times, 16 Jan. 2022 While the mercurial Hunt had her share of critics in the indie production community, Katz — a former editor at The Guardian — has similarly perplexed Channel 4’s program suppliers with his outsider status, having worked in TV only since 2013. Manori Ravindran, Variety, 17 Dec. 2021 From the beginning, Tom’s outsider status has been his chief weakness. Kathryn Vanarendonk, Vulture, 13 Dec. 2021 As Greg has become more entangled with the Roys, the visual evidence of his outsider status has faded. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, 9 Nov. 2021 Yet his outsider status is integral to a worldview that is finding an audience not only on social media but in the halls of academia, journalism and Washington. Washington Post, 17 Sep. 2021 An outsider status gave him a leg up, too: Brazilians were disillusioned after more than a decade of leftist Workers’ Party (PT) leadership. Ana Ionova, The Christian Science Monitor, 30 Aug. 2021 See More

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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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21 May 2022

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“Outsider.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outsider. Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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out·​sid·​er | \ au̇t-ˈsī-dər How to pronounce outsider (audio) \

Kids Definition of outsider

: a person who does not belong to a particular group

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