noun, often attributive
stand·​out | \ ˈstand-ˌau̇t How to pronounce standout (audio) \

Definition of standout

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: one that is prominent or conspicuous especially because of excellence

stand out

stood out; standing out; stands out

Definition of stand out (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : to appear as if in relief : project
b : to be prominent or conspicuous stands out from the crowd
2 : to steer away from shore
3 : to be stubborn in resolution or resistance

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Examples of standout in a Sentence


She is a standout among the available candidates. All the cameras we tested were good, but there was no real standout.


the relief figures stand out from the wall quite strikingly
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

For Kablito, though, a breakup can still feel liberating even without a standout dress. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "In Her New Music Video, Kablito Makes Breakup Style Look Effortless," 2 May 2019 In the year to date, social standouts returned 17.4% versus the S&P at 14.7%. Laura Forman, WSJ, "Happy Employees Yield Happy Investors," 2 Apr. 2019 On this standout cut from her album GREY Area, Little Simz matches the track’s menacing beat with her own equally debilitating flow, making for a fiery, twisted rap miracle. Natalie Maher, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Best Songs to Listen to This Summer," 27 Mar. 2019 Kim Fortunato, mother of the dynamic sister duo behind accessory line Lizzie Fortunato, takes a straightforward approach with her streamlined skincare system of one standout product. Mia Adorante, Town & Country, "How One Mother’s Beauty Philosophy Became a Powerful Family Bond," 21 Mar. 2019 From brunches and dinners to parties and hangouts, there's always a special occasion to debut that new standout lewk. Alyssa Hardy, Teen Vogue, "Dua Lipa, Rihanna, and More Incredible Fashion Moments From this Weekend," 11 Mar. 2019 Tsohonis and McDaniels played on a team comprised of Pacific Northwest standouts that scrimmaged against Stewart and Team USA ahead of the Nike Hoop Summit. Percy Allen, The Seattle Times, "Washington commits keep recruiting 5-star Jaden McDaniels, but he’s still ‘taking my time’," 13 Apr. 2019 Will Guillory will hop on the show to discuss the rising stock of former Tulane standout Melvin Frazier leading up to the NBA Draft. Larry Holder,, "Wednesday's 'Dunc & Holder:' Hear Sean Payton on NFL's helmet rule; Will Guillory on NBA Draft," 6 June 2018 It’s America!’’ says Koko, 68, a former soccer standout from Lebanon. Bill Plaschke,, "How a small dry cleaners in Pasadena is uniting a community around the World Cup," 20 June 2018

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First Known Use of standout


1928, in the meaning defined above


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

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English Language Learners Definition of standout

US : a person or thing that is better or more important than the others in a group

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