standard

noun
stan·​dard | \ ˈstan-dərd How to pronounce standard (audio) \

Essential Meaning of standard

1 : a level of quality, achievement, etc., that is considered acceptable or desirable high/low standards of quality His work is not up to our standards. [=is not as good as we require it to be] See More ExamplesBy modern/today's standards, the house is just too small. industry standards Their standards are slipping. His work is not up to standard. = His work is below standard. [=his work is not good enough]Hide
2 : ideas about morally correct and acceptable behavior She has high moral standards. [=principles]
3 : something that is very good and that is used to make judgments about the quality of other things This book is the standard by which all others must be judged.

Full 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
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
8 or standard petal
a : the upper, large, often lobed petal of a papilionaceous flower (as of a pea or bean plant) : banner sense 6, vexillum sense 3 — compare keel entry 2 sense 2b, wing entry 1 sense 2e(2)
b : one of the three inner usually erect and incurved petals of an iris — compare fall entry 2 sense 3f
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

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 At the end of 2021, that temporary standard lapsed. Katy Golvala, courant.com, 14 Jan. 2022 Both actors strive to never stoop to that ever-dropping standard. Claudia Puig, USA TODAY, 7 Jan. 2022 Yet even by that standard, the last two presidential election cycles have been uniquely trying. Damon Linker, The Week, 31 Dec. 2021 However, the Waste Management Phoenix Open breaks that standard at TPC Scottsdale’s famous – and infamous – 16th hole. Nick Zeller-singh, The Arizona Republic, 9 Dec. 2021 Kentucky players lived up to that standard in the first half. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, 30 Nov. 2021 Mississippi is asking the justices to eliminate that standard and allow each state to set its own policy. Devin Dwyer, ABC News, 30 Nov. 2021 That standard has survived for almost 400 years and is now being presented as fact in a 4th-grade lesson plan. Washington Post, 29 Nov. 2021 Even by that standard, though, Castillo Armas was a bit of a laggard. Jonathan Blitzer, The New Yorker, 24 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Stanley Brand, a former U.S. House counsel who now represents some Jan. 6 witnesses and defendants, said the approach is standard. Anchorage Daily News, 16 Jan. 2022 The bonuses in Dillingham’s contract are standard with Oregon’s assistant football coaches the past several years. James Crepea | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 14 Jan. 2022 But in French popular media, this glaring omission is actually pretty standard. Shamira Ibrahim, refinery29.com, 10 Jan. 2022 But as is standard with vaccines like the flu, the Food and Drug Administration allowed Pfizer-BioNTech and other COVID-19 vaccine-makers to run much smaller trials in other age groups. Karen Weintraub, USA TODAY, 6 Jan. 2022 The company’s first and last eGPU employed a design that was fairly standard among these devices. Michael Sexton, PCMAG, 4 Jan. 2022 The officer who opened fire has been placed on administrative leave during the investigation, which is standard for all police shootings in California, said Tom Saggau, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Protective League. New York Times, 26 Dec. 2021 Adaptive cruise control is standard on all trims, but only the Limited gets Hyundai's more sophisticated highway driving assist. Joe Lorio, Car and Driver, 22 Dec. 2021 Enlarge / Speed is also standard with a 60 Hz refresh rate and 5 ms GtG response time. Scharon Harding, Ars Technica, 22 Dec. 2021

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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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Time Traveler for standard

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The first known use of standard was in the 12th century

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18 Jan 2022

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“Standard.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/standard. Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for standard

standard

noun
stan·​dard | \ ˈstan-dərd How to pronounce standard (audio) \

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, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
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 How to pronounce standard (audio) \

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

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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