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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Corbyn crashed the gates of the Labour Party as, essentially, an outsider. Rich Lowry, National Review, "Sanders’s Attraction and Ascent Are Familiar Internationally," 14 Feb. 2020 Carter also believes the killer has a connection to Delphi, and ABC News contributor and former FBI agent Brad Garrett agrees, noting that the hiking trail is probably too remote to attract outsiders. Emily Shapiro, ABC News, "'Epitome of evil': Delphi double murder still a mystery 3 years later," 13 Feb. 2020 Pringle, late last week, accused of opponents of relying on outsider money and, in the case of Carl, personal loans. al, "Three Republicans in fight for cash in Alabama’s 1st congressional district," 12 Feb. 2020 Mindful of the limitations to their abilities to run a high-tech company, the two agencies brought in corporate outsiders. Greg Miller, Anchorage Daily News, "‘Intelligence coup of the century’: How the CIA was able to read encrypted messages of allies and adversaries for decades," 11 Feb. 2020 As the shutdown of Wuhan expanded to cover cities with a total of 60 million people, villagers set up their own roadblocks to keep outsiders and possible infection away. Fox News, "Coronavirus outbreak fuels medical supply shortage in China, as more than 37,500 infected globally," 9 Feb. 2020 Yet if China’s resolve impresses outsiders, the dark side of one-party rule also stands exposed. The Economist, "Chaguan China’s rulers see every crisis as a chance to tighten their grip," 8 Feb. 2020 So was his usual reticence to allow outsiders into his mind. Henry Schulman, SFChronicle.com, "Giants’ Posey feels pressure to rebound, believes he and core can contribute," 7 Feb. 2020 Steyer, who has spent wildly on his outsider candidacy, is polling well in South Carolina, the third primary of the 2020 election. Spencer Neale, Washington Examiner, "Steyer invokes Nazi prosecutor father to condemn Trump," 7 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of outsider

1800, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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20 Feb 2020

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“Outsider.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outsider. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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


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: a person who does not belong to a particular group

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