standard-bearer

noun
stan·​dard-bear·​er | \ ˈstan-dərd-ˌber-ər How to pronounce standard-bearer (audio) \

Definition of standard-bearer

1 : one who bears a standard or banner
2 : one that leads an organization, movement, or party a standard-bearer for political reform

First Known Use of standard-bearer

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about standard-bearer

Time Traveler for standard-bearer

Time Traveler

The first known use of standard-bearer was in the 15th century

See more words from the same century

Statistics for standard-bearer

Cite this Entry

“Standard-bearer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/standard-bearer. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for standard-bearer

standard-bearer

noun
How to pronounce standard-bearer (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of standard-bearer

formal
: the leader of an organization, movement, or political party
: someone who carries a flag or banner

More from Merriam-Webster on standard-bearer

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for standard-bearer

Comments on standard-bearer

What made you want to look up standard-bearer? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Slippery Words Quiz—Changing with the Times

  • ducreux self portrait yawning
  • What is an earlier meaning of nice?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Typeshift

Anagram puzzles meet word search.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!