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 Like the orchestral Bond themes that won both Adele and Sam Smith their Oscars, the vocal performance of Loren Allred hits dizzying operatic heights, making it a standout in the catalog of Oscar-winning songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. Marcus Jones,, "The best songs from movies of the 2010s," 19 Nov. 2019 Allure editors eagerly pore over every new launch and emerging brand to find the standouts in the bright, shimmery selections each month. Allure, "All the Best New Makeup Launching in November," 18 Nov. 2019 Over the past few years, Coles has witnessed the commitment of four gridiron standouts from that program, who often leave their homes in Boston around 5 a.m. and don’t return until 8 p.m. during football season., "The more the Mansfield and Natick football programs ask of their student-athletes, the more those players seem to deliver.," 15 Nov. 2019 As part of the private school’s Alumni Day celebrations, Ibrahim got to meet a pair of future NFL standouts in Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs and Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Kendall Fuller. Edward Lee,, "Winston DeLattiboudere, Mohamed Ibrahim, linked by Baltimore roots, help Minnesota football to historic start," 8 Nov. 2019 Maynard, who was the state runner-up as a junior, also plays soccer and is a distance standout in track. Nate Bryan, The Courier-Journal, "CAL's Addi Dewey finds gold to help team finish second at Kentucky cross country meet," 2 Nov. 2019 His performances have been the standout from west London side's defenders so far., "Chelsea: The Starting XI That Frank Lampard Should Pick to Face Watford," 1 Nov. 2019 Joe says: ESPN College GameDay is headed to Beale Street this weekend to celebrate some Group of 5 standouts. Joseph Goodman, al, "What’s scarier than Auburn’s offense? A Rocky Top Horror Picture Show," 31 Oct. 2019 The scenes that Sachs creates among Huppert, Tomei (who also featured in Sachs’s Love is Strange), and Kinnear (a standout in Little Men) show the writer-director at his best, striking a balance between melancholy and wit. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Frankie Is a Little Too Sleepy for Its Own Good," 25 Oct. 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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“Standout.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 7 December 2019.

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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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