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 Lacalle Pou, a 46-year-old lawyer and a former senator, is anything but an outsider. Washington Post, "Uruguay’s leftist government at risk in election," 24 Nov. 2019 This epidemic of diligence exemplifies the cultural clashes between the permanent Washington bureaucracy and the US President's anti-establishment outsiders. Stephen Collinson, CNN, "The case for taking better notes," 22 Nov. 2019 But there is a tension between local vendors and outsiders. Alyson Krueger, New York Times, "New York’s Best Outdoor Food Fair? We May Have Found It," 22 Nov. 2019 Over the next year, outsiders foreshadowed problems. Mitch Weiss, The Denver Post, "Victims, reports say boards to review church abuse flawed," 21 Nov. 2019 What’s more, fielding outsiders reinforces the stereotype that Tories are out-of-touch snobs. The Economist, "Bagehot Labour still beats the Tories at old-fashioned canvassing," 21 Nov. 2019 Multiple insiders say the chill between the couples runs deeper than many outsiders realize. Monique Jessen, PEOPLE.com, "Inside Harry, Meghan, William and Kate’s Royal Rift: They Are on ‘Different Paths Now,’ Says Source," 20 Nov. 2019 But the candidate had previously worked with former chief Nathaniel Ford at Muni, and City Hall wanted an outsider because officials felt a culture change was needed. Phil Matier, SFChronicle.com, "New SF Muni boss lacks experience, but those who have it said ‘no’ to the job," 17 Nov. 2019 The Golden Gophers are coming off what was inarguably the biggest win in the program’s modern history, a takedown of Penn State that vaulted them from upstart outsider to playoff contender in the blink of an eye. USA TODAY, "Bold predictions for Week 12 in college football," 16 Nov. 2019

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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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27 Nov 2019

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“Outsider.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outsider?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=o&file=outsid02. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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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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