out·​sid·​er ˌau̇t-ˈsī-dər How to pronounce outsider (audio)
: a person who does not belong to a particular group
chiefly British : a contender not expected to win
outsiderness noun

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 Anyone who has ever felt misunderstood or like an outsider can relate to this movie. Rebecca Keegan, The Hollywood Reporter, 22 Feb. 2024 The DoD’s ground autonomy programs can be bewildering to outsiders. Richard Bishop, Forbes, 20 Feb. 2024 But her 58 years in film, which began during her preschool days, have been almost entirely devoted to outsider characters—women who are emotionally isolated, fighting to be believed, striking out perilously on their own. Jordan Kisner, The Atlantic, 18 Feb. 2024 Another is an outsider, Art Acevedo, who has run police departments in Austin and Houston in Texas and, briefly, Miami. Libor Jany, Los Angeles Times, 16 Feb. 2024 The State Board of education needs a solid conservative fighter with an outsider perspective to take on the establishment and tackle the big issues Texas children face in the classroom. Harrison Mantas, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 15 Feb. 2024 For many outsiders, Chinatown’s festivities serve an important role for the city’s image. Ella Polak, The Mercury News, 14 Feb. 2024 To many outsiders, Myanmar appears to be locked in a bloody stalemate. Aakash Hassan, The Christian Science Monitor, 13 Feb. 2024 The system allows voters to support outsider candidates without worrying about using their vote on a candidate who can’t win. Michael Wines, New York Times, 8 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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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“Outsider.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outsider. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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out·​sid·​er (ˈ)au̇t-ˈsīd-ər How to pronounce outsider (audio)
: a person who does not belong to a particular group

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