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
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 sense 2b, wing sense 2e(2)
b : one of the three inner usually erect and incurved petals of an iris — compare fall 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

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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 Oregon wine pioneer David Lett first planted pinot gris in the Willamette Valley in 1970, and today his son Jason continues to produce the standard-bearer for this grape in the Pacific Northwest. Washington Post, "Food-friendly wines to pair with your Thanksgiving dishes," 20 Nov. 2020 His performance as Feluda, Mr. Ray’s riff on Sherlock Holmes, enshrined the character as a standard-bearer of Bengali cultural values. Alex Traub, New York Times, "Soumitra Chatterjee, Globally Acclaimed Indian Film Star, Dies at 85," 20 Nov. 2020 While an improved offense should help the defense, a few weeks ago, Steele said that properly executing the defense will be t, and as frustrating as the offense has been recently, the defense has to be the standard-bearer. Adam Baum, The Enquirer, "Xavier basketball: 5 questions facing the Musketeers in the 2020-21 season," 19 Nov. 2020 But Arizona and apparently Georgia did just that this year, the first time the states have backed a Democratic standard-bearer since 1996 and 1992, respectively. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "How the Electoral College map has changed after the 2020 election," 18 Nov. 2020 Earlier in the day’s Zoom call, Allen had been asked questions about focusing his team for the biggest game of its season, facing a program that’s considered the Big Ten’s standard-bearer. Jon Blau, The Indianapolis Star, "Tom Allen, underdog IU football aim to 'keep proving everybody wrong.'," 16 Nov. 2020 The left, in particular its 31-year-old standard-bearer, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, is hitting back. The Economist, "Lexington A Democratic defeat in victory," 14 Nov. 2020 Republicans counter by reflecting their presidential standard-bearer, as well, even after his national defeat. Arkansas Online, "Dems, GOP take different approaches on Georgia Senate blitz," 12 Nov. 2020 Which means that Stapleton, nominated for male vocalist of the year for the sixth time at Wednesday night’s CMA Awards, is less a maverick now than a standard-bearer. Los Angeles Times, "His look reads biker, but country star Chris Stapleton isn’t afraid to get in his feelings," 10 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The camera also has a dual-lens system to switch between a standard lens and a portrait lens. Zoe Malin, NBC News, "Amazon gift guides and gift ideas for the 2020 holiday season," 24 Nov. 2020 The result, Link said, is that the standard project hurricane language is obsolete. Mark Schleifstein, NOLA.com, "Tulane study: Corps can elevate New Orleans levees to 200-year levels without OK from Congress," 24 Nov. 2020 The board said this is a standard system of epidemiological reporting used by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, "Why the Cuyahoga County Board of Health delays coronavirus information," 24 Nov. 2020 Lanigan plans to drive home Tuesday to reunite with her immediate family of five, a far cry from her standard 40-person holiday gathering, but a comfort nonetheless. Washington Post, "Pandemic Thanksgiving plans pivot after a surge in coronavirus cases," 24 Nov. 2020 December releases have the standard Christmas cheer — new seasons of The Great British Baking Show: Holidays and Home for Christmas guarantee it — but the slate of new shows and films are also suitable for even the least merry. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, "Everything Coming To Netflix In December," 24 Nov. 2020 One benefit of adenovirus vaccines is they can be stored in standard refrigerators, rather than needing freezers. Kai Kupferschmidt, Science | AAAS, "With more data on its COVID-19 vaccine, Russia institute offers new evidence of success," 24 Nov. 2020 This can be said more confidently for Moderna’s because while Pfizer’s requires a temperature of -80 oC at all times, Moderna’s can be stored at standard vaccine temperatures of 2 oC to 8 oC for 30 days. Uwagbale Edward-ekpu, Quartz Africa, "A successful Ebola vaccine delivery shows how a Covid-19 vaccine would work in Africa," 23 Nov. 2020 Of course, the Inglewood resident supposedly meant a standard face mask to protect her daughter and others from COVID-19. Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times, "Pedro Pascal’s reaction to his adorable Mandalorian mini-me is everything," 23 Nov. 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

25 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Standard.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/standard. Accessed 4 Dec. 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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