outsider

noun
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

Synonyms

foreigner, nonnative, outlander, stranger

Antonyms

native

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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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There is one tech behemoth whose workers have stayed oddly quiet, even as it has been pilloried by outsiders for everything from its privacy practices to its effect on democratic elections to its role in ethnic violence around the world. Casey Newton, The Verge, "A looming strike over Project Dragonfly is putting new pressure on Google," 30 Nov. 2018 License numbers of 600,000 Uber drivers were also obtained by outsiders. Aisha Al-muslim, WSJ, "Uber to Pay $148 Million Penalty to Settle 2016 Data Breach," 26 Sep. 2018 Kabila, upset by what his government has described as meddling by outsiders, said Congo must remain in control of its destiny and will fully fund the elections itself. Saleh Mwanamilongo, Fox News, "Congo's president still coy on role in long-delayed election," 19 July 2018 The boys were in isolation in the hospital to prevent infections by outsiders. Kaweewit Kaewjinda, BostonGlobe.com, "Kids rescued in Thailand lost weight, drank dripping water in cave," 11 July 2018 The boys were in isolation in the hospital to prevent infections by outsiders. Kaweewit Kaewjinda, chicagotribune.com, "Hospital: Kids rescued from flooded cave in Thailand lost weight, drank dripping water," 11 July 2018 For now the boys were in isolation to try to keep them safe from infections by outsiders. Kaweewit Kaewjinda And Stephen Wright, Houston Chronicle, "'Everyone is safe' after daring rescue of 13 in Thai cave," 11 July 2018 The boys were in isolation in the hospital to prevent infections by outsiders. Washington Post, "Kids lost weight but ‘took care of themselves’ in Thai cave," 11 July 2018 The boys were in isolation in the hospital to prevent infections by outsiders. Author: Kaweewit Kaewjinda, Anchorage Daily News, "Kids lost weight but ‘took care of themselves’ in Thai cave," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of outsider

1800, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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outsider

noun

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

outsider

noun
out·​sid·​er | \ au̇t-ˈsī-dər \

Kids Definition of outsider

: a person who does not belong to a particular group

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