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 The problem could be that what is most important to maintaining your high standards is outlined in somewhat vague and intangible terms. Magi Helena, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Dec. 7, 2019: Leo, don’t explain or complain; Capricorn, take compliments with a grain of salt," 7 Dec. 2019 But in Chicago, Jones said, the players didn’t perform to their standards. Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, "Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones lashes out at radio hosts: ‘Get your damn act together’," 6 Dec. 2019 McConnell said in a March op-ed to The Courier Journal how the Democrats’ plan requires every single building in the United States to upgrade or to be rebuilt to meet their energy standards. Phillip M. Bailey, The Courier-Journal, "Major climate change youth group wants Charles Booker for U.S. Senate," 6 Dec. 2019 House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said in a tweet that Pelosi had failed to meet her own standard for moving forward with articles of impeachment. NBC News, "Read: Full text of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's impeachment inquiry update," 5 Dec. 2019 As a growing body of research has found that the chemicals can be toxic in much smaller amounts, federal and state regulators are reviewing their standards. BostonGlobe.com, "QUINCY — The sludge arrives by the ton, pumped through miles of underwater pipes from Deer Island to a waste-water treatment plant on the banks of the Weymouth Fore River, where it’s spun through centrifuges into a kind of wet cake, dried by large furnaces, and made into fertilizer pellets.," 2 Dec. 2019 The company says Aziz’s video doesn’t violate its standards, shouldn’t have been removed, and was only offline for 50 minutes total. Max Zimmerman / Bloomberg, Time, "TikTok Restores Account of New Jersey Teen Who Criticized China's Treatment of Uighur Muslims," 28 Nov. 2019 The coalition created its first industry standards to prevent pathogen contamination in 2007, a year after nearly 200 people became ill after eating spinach contaminated with E. coli 0157. Anchorage Daily News, "Romaine lettuce keeps getting recalled for E. coli contamination, and no one knows why," 26 Nov. 2019 There is also a lack of federal standards for voting machines, and an unwillingness among the private companies who make them to share their source code openly or submit to independent vulnerability testing. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, "No one is protecting the 2020 election," 23 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The standard HD Chromecast is also on sale for $25 ($10 off). Wired, "Here's Every Great Cyber Monday Deal on Google Devices," 2 Dec. 2019 That figure jumps to one-third when including voice assistants that come standard with smartphones, such as Apple's Siri or Google Assistant. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, "Amazon's Alexa can now imitate human emotions," 27 Nov. 2019 Not much content is broadcast in 8K, so adoption of this high-standard tech will be slower to take hold in the mass market. Doreen Christensen, sun-sentinel.com, "HDTV buying guide: Tips on picking a set and getting the best deal on any budget," 25 Nov. 2019 That will provide gold-standard evidence, Simmons said. Helen Branswell, STAT, "Across several continents, infecting mosquitoes with bacteria results in dramatic drops in dengue illness, trials show," 21 Nov. 2019 The lab was cited for using a euthanasia liquid on the ferret that, while standard, was not on its approved list of euthanasia substances, Saunders said. oregonlive, "OHSU animal lab halts research after feds find infected ferret, other problems," 19 Nov. 2019 The pillow, made with three layers of foam and a breathable knit cover, comes in two sizes—standard and king—and starts at $89. Alyssa Fiorentino, House Beautiful, "Casper's New Weighted Blanket Is Here To Relieve Your Holiday Stress," 5 Nov. 2019 The wide, rounded toe on the standard version previously meant the only thing Blundstones couldn't handle was a formal event, but the Chelsea Boot solves all of that, with a shape that transitions seamlessly, wherever you're headed. Louis Cheslaw, Condé Nast Traveler, "Men's Slip-On Shoes That Are Practically Made for Getting Through Airport Security," 28 Oct. 2019 In our region, the tidal Potomac is very close to that standard with fish that will occasionally exceed 2 pounds. Jim Gronaw, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Jim Gronaw: When crappies attack this time of year," 27 Oct. 2019

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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

10 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Standard.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/standard?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=s&file=standa02. Accessed 12 December 2019.

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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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