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 But writer and historian David Olusoga expressed hopes that Britain might yet engage in some soul-searching over the scorchingly contemptuous treatment of a biracial outsider who many once hoped would help transform a hidebound monarchy. Christina Boyle, Los Angeles Times, "From Britain’s aggressive tabloids, no regrets over royal pair’s treatment," 9 Mar. 2021 Duchess Meghan remains a weak outsider who could not do the job many other royal women have done without public complaint. Alia E. Dastagir, USA TODAY, "Duchess Meghan, Cuomo's accuser, and why suicide is not a personal problem," 9 Mar. 2021 Four years ago, voters sent a message by electing a disruptive outsider, in effect telling D.C. that people are sick of business-as-usual. Washington Post, "Readers write to Kamala Harris ahead of the inauguration," 14 Jan. 2021 Although all of the characters are Latinx, the protagonist’s perspective is that of a privileged outsider. Lila Shapiro, Vulture, "Blurbed to Death," 5 Jan. 2021 Meanwhile, political critics worry that in a world where Washington, Beijing and Brussels are vying for hegemonic influence, Britain leaving the E.U. will reduce it to a midranking outsider. NBC News, "Britain and European Union strike last-minute post-Brexit trade deal," 24 Dec. 2020 Loud Mouth, a 13-1 outsider, rallied from fourth over the last half-mile Sunday to catch Take the One O One near the wire and win the $100,000 Cary Grant Stakes by three-quarters of a length. Bill Center, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Business blooming at Del Mar fall meet," 22 Nov. 2020 But America loves an outsider who decides to go on a path that perhaps goes against their lineage but is inline with her passion. Cathrine Todd, Forbes, "The Largest Family-Owned Winery In The U.S.’s Fierce Commitment To Hiring Women," 11 Mar. 2021 Ivy, who is humiliated after losing a recent student council election; Mateo, the school heartthrob who's balancing several jobs to help his family with bills; and Cal, an outsider who convinces the other two to skip school for a day. Seija Rankin, EW.com, "Get a first look at Karen McManus' thriller You'll Be the Death of Me," 10 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of outsider

1800, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Outsider.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outsider. Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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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


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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