stan·​dard-is·​sue ˈstan-dərd-ˈi-(ˌ)shü How to pronounce standard-issue (audio)
: standard, typical
a standard-issue action movie
a standard-issue blue suit

Examples of standard-issue in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The more fluid and feminine-leaning side of me tends to consider a watch as an accent to an outfit (as an item of fashion), while the more standard-issue American-dude side of me tends to geek out over specs, performance, condition and price (as a functional item or a collectible). Allen Farmelo, Robb Report, 4 Apr. 2024 Being this kind of standard-issue Democrat, doing great work in New York cleaning up the Hudson River, but then falling down these wormholes of conspiracy theories that are just honestly outrageous, unproven, and slightly crazy and dangerous. Slightly crazy and dangerous? Sean Woods, Rolling Stone, 2 Apr. 2024 The parody in the film combines standard-issue macho violence and intentionally cheap sentiment. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 12 Feb. 2024 Really, the only way to tell that this dilapidated structure – Building 4442, one of row upon row of such squat, khaki, standard-issue sandstone units at the heart of Fort Ord – once served as a proud and invaluable purpose are the murals that remain. Sam McManis, Sacramento Bee, 31 Jan. 2024 The impulse behind the film — to re-write this remarkable woman back into the French and Caribbean cultural histories that have long neglected her in favor of her famous politician husband, Aimé Césaire — is standard-issue biopic fuel. Jessica Kiang, Variety, 31 Jan. 2024 For many police officers in America today, body cameras are standard-issue equipment that they are supposed to turn on during most law enforcement activities. Umar Farooq, ProPublica, 18 Dec. 2023 With its corporate machinations, creepy secrets, and low-ranking Everywoman protagonist, the novel seems, at first, like a standard-issue techno-thriller. Peter C. Baker, The New Yorker, 13 Dec. 2023 The military would eventually include her solar desalination device in its official standard-issue emergency medical kits. Johanna Mayer, Scientific American, 16 Nov. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1966, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of standard-issue was in 1966

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“Standard-issue.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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