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

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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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The creative kills are veritably dripping in viscera, plus the teens talk to each other with a biting, crude wit (especially standout Misha Osherovich as Millie’s gay best friend Josh) that feels authentic to the world, and the genre. Katie Walsh,, "‘Freaky’ review: Vince Vaughn is a revelation in gender-bending, body-swapping horror outing," 11 Nov. 2020 The creative kills are veritably dripping in viscera, plus the teens talk to each other with a biting, crude wit (especially standout Misha Osherovich as Millie’s gay best friend Josh) that feels authentic to the world, and the genre. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Vince Vaughn is a revelation in gender-bending, body-swapping ‘Freaky’," 11 Nov. 2020 Julia Cumming on location to Troutbeck, a dream getaway in Amenia, New York to explore some forest bathing and stream hiking—and style her in the most standout—and wearable—looks of the season. Annie Powers, Harper's BAZAAR, "8 Winter Trends That You'll Truly Want to Wear," 2 Nov. 2020 The 6-foot-2, 330-pound standout was injured last week in a win over Pleasant Grove in a play officials ruled a chop block. Ben Thomas |, al, "Alabama NG commit Tim Keenan III has ‘successful surgery,’ will miss rest of HS season," 30 Oct. 2020 Winona is a 20-year-old writer (a standout Jessica Barden) who's dropped out of school and navigates her love life and an uncertain future while also dealing with the confusing onset of crippling panic attacks. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "Ranked: All the best movies we saw at the virtual AFI Fest, from 'Nine Days' to 'Belushi'," 26 Oct. 2020 The former Lubbock-Cooper standout, who helped guide the Mountaineer offense to a game-tying touchdown in the third quarter, had one more chance to knot the game up with less than 10 seconds to play. Dallas News, "Henry Colombi leads Texas Tech to first Big 12 win in his first start for Red Raiders," 25 Oct. 2020 The 2002 team had a defensive corps that featured Hobey Baker Award winner Jordan Leopold, sophomore standout Paul Martin and freshman phenom Keith Ballard. Randy Johnson, Star Tribune, "NHL veteran Paul Martin rejoins Gophers, this time as a coach," 15 Sep. 2020 The former UConn men’s basketball standout, who in 1999 helped the Huskies capture their first national championship, is joining coach Dan Hurley’s staff as an assistant coach, according to a source. Alexa Philippou,, "Kevin Freeman, a national champion with 1999 UConn men, joining Dan Hurley’s staff as assistant coach," 1 Sep. 2020

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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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“Standout.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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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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