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
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

The result gives Beecher’s milk a somatic cell count that’s a quarter to a half of the European standard, which is already half of the standard allowed in the United States. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, "Connected to the Craft," 3 Dec. 2018 The water crisis in Flint, Michigan, has brought national attention to the need for stricter enforcement off federal clean-water standards. Kaitlin Menza, Redbook, "Everything You Need to Know Before Voting in the Midterm Elections," 10 Oct. 2018 She's not confined by standards, or labels, or even the gender binary. Megan Lasher, Seventeen, "Lauren Jauregui Doesn't Date According to the Gender Binary," 5 Sep. 2018 Just last week, the EPA announced a rollback on fuel-efficiency standards for vehicles, which was widely condemned by public health and air quality experts. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "AIA says EPA should impose a ‘blanket ban’ on asbestos," 9 Aug. 2018 The parachute is the prevailing standard of care for jumping out of planes mid-flight. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "Study Shows Parachutes Are Totally Worthless," 17 Dec. 2018 Twelve-way adjustable power seats are standard in the front row, and the heated seats and steering wheel are a welcome feature during Chicago winters—the cabin goes from freezing to toasty very quickly. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Love the hardware, hate the UI: The Acura MDX Sport Hybrid," 13 Dec. 2018 By New York real estate standards, Malcolm Carfrae–an Australian transplant and the founder of PR and marketing firms with a fashionable roster of clients, including DVF and Zimmermann—was fortunate. Nick Sullivan, ELLE Decor, "A Snug New York Bachelor Pad Is Morphed Into a Swank and Spacious Home," 20 Nov. 2018 By working together with those developers to take a single floor off the regular rental market—for exclusive Guild use—the team can ensure that everything is up to its standards and design continuity. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Guild Is Putting Luxury Hotel Rooms in Apartment Buildings," 9 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Cooper, who received four nominations for his film A Star Is Born, went against typical black tie protocol, opting for a custom Gucci optic white tuxedo in lieu of the standard black. Vogue, "Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk Win Sexiest Red Carpet Couple at the Golden Globes," 7 Jan. 2019 Big branding opportunities Orlando, Florida’s bid included the standard array of tax breaks and investment options, but stood apart with its promise to give the company a new kind of graphics treatment. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Amazon HQ2 bids: The weird ways cities wanted to woo Bezos," 27 Dec. 2018 With the Good Housekeeping Institute at our core, GH is committed to bringing our audience gold-standard advice on what’s best to buy. Good Housekeeping, "Contact the Editors and Get Help for Your Good Housekeeping Subscription," 21 Dec. 2018 The dress is available in standard sizes and retails for $56. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle's $56 ASOS Dress Is Back in Stock in Time for Christmas," 17 Dec. 2018 Try a standard pair of black leggings with a cozy sweater or jacket, like the green one here, with sneakers for your next travel day. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "7 Convenient and Comfortable Travel Outfits," 17 Dec. 2018 Yes, black is formal and festive, but try rethinking your idea of standard holiday hues. Hannah Miller, Seventeen, "How to Pair Cool Sneakers with Your Favorite Holiday Party Outfits," 27 Nov. 2018 Rules implemented last year require passengers in standard security lines to take any electronics larger than a cellphone out of carry-on bags, something that had previously been required just for laptops. Alison Sider, WSJ, "The Struggle to Make Airport Lines a Little Less Awful," 14 Nov. 2018 In contrast, the standard American consumes about 200 to 300 grams of carbs. Sandy Bauers, Philly.com, "Good fats, bad fats, and why the ketogenic diet matters," 13 July 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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