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

The 6-5 Culver Academy standout, arguably the state’s top senior prospect, added an offer from Georgetown to a list that includes Butler, Indiana, Notre Dame, Purdue, Cincinnati, Iowa and Michigan State. Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, "Hutchins leaves Monrovia after 10 seasons, state title, for new position," 3 July 2019 Foscue, a native of Huntsville and former Grissom standout, had the third-best average on the Bulldogs’ College World Series team. Ben Thomas |,, "Former Alabama prep stars Tanner Allen, Justin Foscue named to USA National Team," 2 July 2019 Vonleh, a former Indiana Hoosiers standout, spent last season with New York, averaging 8.4 points and 7.8 rebounds in 25 minutes a game. Jace Frederick, Twin Cities, "Timberwolves agree to one-year deal with Noah Vonleh," 2 July 2019 Among those who followed news coverage of the debates, 41% said Harris did the best job, 13% said Warren was the standout, and 10% singled out Biden. Laura Litvan,, "Biden’s lead shrinks as Harris, Warren rise in post-debate poll," 2 July 2019 Allred, who grew up in District 32 and was a Hillcrest High School football standout, went through a tough Democratic rimary before beating Sessions. Gromer Jeffers Jr., Dallas News, "Colin Allred has more than $1M for re-election bid as challengers, perhaps Allen West, consider running," 2 July 2019 Julián Castro was a surprise standout, and former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke performed under expectations. NBC News, "Harris campaign touts $2 million post-debate haul," 30 June 2019 Walker’s departure comes a few weeks after backup point guard Tony Parker, the longtime San Antonio standout who played with Charlotte last season, announced his retirement from the NBA. Tim Reynolds,, "AP Source: Kemba Walker tells Hornets he’s joining Celtics," 30 June 2019 Another former Moeller standout, Jaxson Hayes, was selected 8th overall in last week's NBA Draft. Dave Clark,, "Cincinnati Bearcats offer Moeller High School center Logan Duncomb," 28 June 2019

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

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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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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