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

There were no standout moments for them, but most importantly, there were also no flubs. Rebecca Morin, USA TODAY, "Democratic debate: Who were the winners and losers," 13 Sep. 2019 Meanwhile, analysts don’t believe there was a clear standout winner in last night’s debate. Halley Bondy, NBC News, "In the know: Women in the news 9/9-9/13," 13 Sep. 2019 Klobuchar, who has consistently polled near the back of the Democratic presidential pack, was in need of some standout moments in the nationally televised debate. Ryan Faircloth, Twin Cities, "Klobuchar slams ‘Medicare-for-all,’ defends her prosecutor record," 12 Sep. 2019 There, Haddad was a standout catcher, earning honorable mention all-state honors, leading Brebeuf to a Class 3A No. 1 ranking and sectional title as a senior. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, Indianapolis Star, "Carmel's Radley Haddad: Rise from Brebeuf to Butler to the New York Yankees," 10 Sep. 2019 But Elgort’s standout styling job is dapper, fresh, and wearable—a winning combination. Vogue, "Ansel Elgort Is the Latest Man to Rock a Purse," 10 Sep. 2019 The iPhone's camera has always been near the top of the list of the device's standout features, and this year is no different. Wired, "Apple's 3 New iPhones Are All About the Cameras," 10 Sep. 2019 Cullan Brown, a standout golfer at Kentucky who is battling bone cancer, sill finds a way to make people smile. Beth Ann Nichols, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky golfer Cullan Brown is fighting bone cancer, and joy is his 'secret weapon'," 10 Sep. 2019 Murphy is best known for his standout defensive abilities behind the dish — his framing, his quick feet, his play calling. Shayna Rubin, The Mercury News, "Athletics set records in rout of Houston Astros," 10 Sep. 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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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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