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stand·​out ˈstand-ˌau̇t How to pronounce standout (audio)
often attributive
: one that is prominent or conspicuous especially because of excellence

stand out

2 of 2


stood out; standing out; stands out

intransitive verb

: to appear as if in relief : project
: to be prominent or conspicuous
stands out from the crowd
: to steer away from shore
: to be stubborn in resolution or resistance

Examples of standout in a Sentence

Noun She is a standout among the available candidates. All the cameras we tested were good, but there was no real standout. Verb the relief figures stand out from the wall quite strikingly
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Word History

First Known Use


1915, in the meaning defined above


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of standout was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Standout.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
stand·​out ˈstan-ˌdau̇t How to pronounce standout (audio)
: one that is well-known or outstanding especially because of excellence

stand out

2 of 2 verb
: to stick out from a surface : project
: to be easily seen or recognized

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