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 Morris, 86, who has been creating and experimenting in San Diego since the early 1960s, has always been an outsider, eking out a living in the art world. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Fall arts 2019 | Visual art: At 86, artist Richard Allen Morris still experimenting," 15 Sep. 2019 Peyton, a cheerleader for the Tree Hill Ravens basketball team, feels like an outsider in the popular crowd. Ilana Kaplan, Curbed, "Why we’re obsessed with the TV teen bedroom," 14 Aug. 2019 West's appearance comes less than a month after one of his rivals for the nomination, MJ Hegar, spoke to the Dallas Democrats and positioned herself as the political outsider in the race for the nomination. Paul Cobler, Dallas News, "Royce West touts political experience for Senate primary in appeal to Dallas Democrats," 14 Aug. 2019 One of the few black students at Daria’s high school in the original series, Jodie was a high-achieving, well-liked student who nonetheless frequently felt like an outsider in her conspicuously homogenous surroundings. Sarah Todd, Quartz at Work, "A spinoff of MTV’s “Daria” will take on the Gen Z experience of working in tech," 17 June 2019 The Republicans battling to run against her are political outsider Kevin Nicholson and state Sen. Leah Vukmir. Fox News, "The Latest: Ellison wins Minnesota attorney general primary," 14 Aug. 2018 That still leaves $50 billion from outsiders, who need to be convinced that SoftBank is a reliable steward of their money. Fortune, "WeWork’s Slumping IPO Valuation Isn’t Investor SoftBank’s Only Major Problem," 13 Sep. 2019 Of course, what won't be evident to outsiders, or media, is the impact of Haslem in the locker room or on the practice court, a presence that could allow the staff to maximize the current roster without having to get caught up in any melodrama. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, "ASK IRA: Are the Heat sacrificing developmental possibilities?," 8 Sep. 2019 Still, at least the Moscow election officials put out their code in advance, allowing it to be tested by outsiders (voting machine vendors in the US could certainly learn from that example). Wired, "Wouldn’t It Be Great If People Could Vote on the Blockchain?," 3 Sep. 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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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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Kids Definition of outsider

: a person who does not belong to a particular group

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