standard

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

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 Brent crude oil, the international standard, lost 14 cents to $56.20 a barrel. Washington Post, "Asian stocks edge mostly lower after China virus cases spike," 14 Feb. 2020 By adhering to rigorous global standards, the industry can help build public confidence and continue to earn trust among regulators, patients, and prescribers. Leah Christl, STAT, "From bench to bedside, biologics require excellence at every stage," 13 Feb. 2020 Many of Seeger’s recordings were his versions of folk standards, union songs, spirituals and discoveries from all over the world—usually on banjo, but sometimes on guitar. Alicia Ault, Smithsonian Magazine, "Grammy Nod to Folkways’ Pete Seeger Collection Is a Fitting Tribute," 13 Feb. 2020 The most critiqued standards, including the location restrictions, are not part of the ordinance that the commission passed. Julia Fair, Cincinnati.com, "'We felt like our concerns have been addressed.' Covington passes homeless shelter ordinance," 12 Feb. 2020 His general theme was that officiating can feel like a double-standard, with a foul on one side not viewed equal to one at the other. Adam Himmelsbach, BostonGlobe.com, "Frustrated by refereeing, Celtics’ winning streak snapped by loss to Houston," 12 Feb. 2020 Poised for Action Air springs, standard on U.S. models, lend the GTS an impressively pliant. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, "Porsche's Updated Macan GTS Hits the Sweet Spot," 10 Feb. 2020 New mothers are still subjected to unrealistic body and beauty standards, even after their bodies just went through a massive change — for example, think of the traditional hospital steps photo op just after the birth of a royal baby. Alejandra Salazar, refinery29.com, "The Oscars Face Backlash Again — This Time From New Moms," 10 Feb. 2020 Winners in each sectional, plus those meeting time standards, advanced to next weekend's state meet at the Natatorium at IUPUI. David Woods, Indianapolis Star, "Carmel girls hit near-perfect sectional score, stay in lane for another swim title," 9 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective That’s above the base price for most competitors, and the FWD model has more standard equipment than AWD, unlike the stripped versions most companies build to attract customers who will most likely be talked into a pricier model. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "2021 Kia Seltos brings Telluride style to affordable small SUV," 17 Feb. 2020 Income taxes would be reduced by making changes to the standard deduction. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Republicans unveil plan to reduce debt and cut income and business taxes," 14 Feb. 2020 An eight-speed automatic transmission handles gearchanges, and all-wheel drive is standard with this engine. Drew Dorian, Car and Driver, "Long-Term 2019 Volvo XC60: New Engine, New Platform, New Factory, No Surprises," 13 Feb. 2020 Pricing for the standard Hypersport HS starts at $24,995. Dan Carney, Popular Science, "This 200-mph electric motorcycle will try to stop accidents before they happen," 7 Feb. 2020 To find out, the researchers used a standard (non-radioactive) glass material and stainless steel. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Planned nuclear storage material could decay faster than expected," 27 Jan. 2020 The stock is decorated in Mossy Oak Bottomland camo, and a 20 MOA Picatinny rail is included as standard equipment. Richard Mann, Field & Stream, "Best New Hunting Rifles of the 2020 SHOT Show," 21 Jan. 2020 Clear plastic bottles of drinking water are on the verge of becoming standard equipment for students and teachers in the Little Rock School District. Cynthia Howell, Arkansas Online, "School water bottles advised at LR district," 1 Dec. 2019 Phone numbers were dialed from samples of both standard land-line and cellphones. Jennifer De Pinto, CBS News, "Most feel good about the economy but not the state of the country — CBS News poll," 31 Jan. 2020

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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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Last Updated

19 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Standard.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/standard. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for standard

standard

noun
How to pronounce standard (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of standard

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

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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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