standard

noun
stan·dard | \ˈstan-dərd \

Definition of standard 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a conspicuous object (such as a banner) formerly carried at the top of a pole and used to mark a rallying point especially in battle or to serve as an emblem

2a : a long narrow tapering flag that is personal to an individual or corporation and bears heraldic devices

b : the personal flag of the head of a state or of a member of a royal family

c : an organization flag carried by a mounted or motorized military unit

d : banner sense 1

3 : something established by authority, custom, or general consent as a model or example : criterion quite slow by today's standards

4 : something set up and established by authority as a rule for the measure of quantity, weight, extent, value, or quality

5a : the fineness and legally fixed weight of the metal used in coins

b : the basis of value in a monetary system the gold standard

6 : a structure built for or serving as a base or support

7a : a shrub or herb grown with an erect main stem so that it forms or resembles a tree

b : a fruit tree grafted on a stock that does not induce dwarfing

8a : the large odd upper petal of a papilionaceous flower (as of the pea)

b : one of the three inner usually erect and incurved petals of an iris

9 : a musical composition (such as a song) that has become a part of the standard repertoire

10 : a vehicle with a manual transmission : manual Her new car is a standard.

standard

adjective

Definition of standard (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : constituting or conforming to a standard especially as established by law or custom standard weight

b : sound and usable but not of top quality standard beef

2a : regularly and widely used, available, or supplied standard automobile equipment

b : well-established and very familiar the standard opera

3 : having recognized and permanent value a standard reference work

4 : substantially uniform and well established by usage in the speech and writing of the educated and widely recognized as acceptable standard pronunciation is subject to regional variations

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Other Words from standard

Noun

standardless adjective

Adjective

standardly adverb

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Noun

standard, criterion, gauge, yardstick, touchstone mean a means of determining what a thing should be. standard applies to any definite rule, principle, or measure established by authority. standards of behavior criterion may apply to anything used as a test of quality whether formulated as a rule or principle or not. questioned the critic's criteria for excellence gauge applies to a means of testing a particular dimension (such as thickness, depth, diameter) or figuratively a particular quality or aspect. polls as a gauge of voter dissatisfaction yardstick is an informal substitute for criterion that suggests quantity more often than quality. housing construction as a yardstick of economic growth touchstone suggests a simple test of the authenticity or value of something intangible. fine service is one touchstone of a first-class restaurant

Examples of standard in a Sentence

Noun

By modern standards, the house is just too small. This book is the standard by which all others must be judged.

Adjective

a window of standard width The movie was a pretty standard romantic comedy. The word is considered standard.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Jitbarn, the teacher at Mae Sai Prasitsart, said that the study of Buddhism and meditation was part of the curriculum at the school, as is standard around Thailand, which is 95% Buddhist. Thomas Maresca, USA TODAY, "'We’re going to eat fried chicken at KFC': Classmates, teachers await return of boys trapped in Thai cave," 9 July 2018 Anyone who tells you this is somehow going to lower the standard at these schools is buying into a false and damaging narrative. Harry Bruinius, The Christian Science Monitor, "'Keep the test!' A debate flares over exam-based public high schools.," 6 July 2018 Several of the battles Pruitt launched against regulations, such as the aggressive fuel economy standards championed by California and the federal Clean Power Plan aimed at reducing electricity plant emissions, are likely to endure for years. Evan Halper, latimes.com, "Embattled EPA chief Scott Pruitt resigns amid scandals," 5 July 2018 The reason the washout rate in a lot of these programs (is) high is because the standards are high. Sig Christenson, San Antonio Express-News, "AF recruiting squadron to seek — and keep — toughest airmen," 30 June 2018 Seven paintings sold for between $600 and $3,500, but the gallery kept half of the money, as is standard. Sam Whiting, SFChronicle.com, "Artist’s life: Emily Fromm, painter of urban landscapes," 28 June 2018 The Consumer Product Safety Commission standards also aren’t very good at determining whether someone will get a lesser, though still serious, head injury such as a concussion, the new study found. Alan Levin, Bloomberg.com, "Bicyclists’ Injury Risk Could Be Doubled If They Lack Latest Helmets," 26 June 2018 The good news here is that the FDA regulates sunscreens like an over-the-counter drug—meaning the safety standards are way higher than those for any cosmetic. Deanna Pai, Harper's BAZAAR, "Glitter Sunscreen Is Sparkly and Fun—But Is It Ruining the Environment?," 26 June 2018 But certain standards aren't that difficult to uphold. refinery29.com, "Rashida Jones & Donald Glover Team Up To Reinvent The Anti-Harassment PSA," 26 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The new engine will be standard equipment on some of the top-selling models of the new 2019 Silverado pickup, including the LT and RST versions. Mark Phelan, USA TODAY, "First Drive: What to expect from new four-cylinder engine in Chevrolet Silverado pickup," 22 June 2018 For years, Republicans expected their standard bearer would be Susan Haynie. Anthony Man, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Last-minute candidate dropout means Republican-held Palm Beach County Commission seat may go Democratic," 22 June 2018 The image is standard equipment aboard Tangier workboats, an acknowledgment that faith is sometimes the best protection a waterman has. Earl Swift, Outside Online, "The Incredible True Story of the Henrietta C.," 20 June 2018 But the controversy only fortified Riley’s position as standard-bearer of the new era. Stereo Williams, Billboard, "New Jack Summer: In June '88, Bobby Brown, Teddy Riley & New Edition Announced the Arrival of R&B's New School," 20 June 2018 Every feature from the infotainment system to the adaptive cruise control was standard equipment. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "The 2018 Honda Accord proves there’s still life in the family sedan," 15 June 2018 As well as a standard bearer for liberalism, Mr Macron emerges as an extremely adept political operator with a healthy streak of cynicism and ruthlessness, a hyper-active politician comfortable with the trappings of power. The Economist, "Emmanuel Macron, the resolutely modern philosopher king," 13 June 2018 Clinton, despite being the Democratic standard bearer less than two years ago, has largely sat out the 2018 midterms. Dan Merica, CNN, "Clinton records robocall for Chris Giunchigliani for Nevada governor," 10 June 2018 With Toyota Safety Sense, Toyota became the first automaker to offer a bundle of safety features as standard equipment on most of its vehicles. Robert Duffer, chicagotribune.com, "Graduating to your own car? Safety features are key," 8 June 2018

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First Known Use of standard

Noun

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1567, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for standard

Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French estandard banner, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English standan to stand and probably to Old High German hart hard

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standard

noun

English Language Learners Definition of standard

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a level of quality, achievement, etc., that is considered acceptable or desirable

standards : ideas about morally correct and acceptable behavior

: something that is very good and that is used to make judgments about the quality of other things

standard

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of standard (Entry 2 of 2)

: regularly and widely used, seen, or accepted : not unusual or special

: generally accepted and used because of high quality or excellence

: accepted and used by most of the educated speakers and writers of a language

standard

noun
stan·dard | \ˈstan-dərd \

Kids Definition of standard

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : something set up as a rule for measuring or as a model a standard of weight “There have to be standards. We can't have kids walking around saying ‘ain't’ …”— Andrew Clements, Frindle

2 : the personal flag of the ruler of a state

3 : an upright support a lamp standard

4 : a figure used as a symbol by an organized body of people

standard

adjective

Kids Definition of standard (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : used as or matching a model or rule to compare against standard weight

2 : regularly and widely used It's a standard practice in the trade. The script is standard … and so are the costumes …— Barbara Robinson, Best Christmas Pageant

3 : widely known and accepted to be of good and permanent value The book is a standard reference work on grammar.

standard

noun
stan·dard | \ˈstan-dərd \

Medical Definition of standard 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: something set up or established by an authority as a rule for the measure of quantity, weight, extent, value, or quality

standard

adjective

Medical Definition of standard (Entry 2 of 2)

: constituting or conforming to a standard especially as established by law or custom standard weight

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standard

noun
stan·dard

Legal Definition of standard 

1 : something established by authority, custom, or general consent as a model, example, or point of reference the standard of the reasonable person

2 : something established by authority as a rule for the measure of quantity, weight, extent, value, or quality

3 : the basis of value in a monetary system

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