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standard

noun stan·dard \ ˈstan-dərd \
Updated on: 20 Nov 2017

Definition of standard

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
2 a :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
d :banner 1
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
5 a :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
7 a :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 a :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.

standardless

adjective

Examples of standard in a Sentence

  1. By modern standards, the house is just too small.

  2. This book is the standard by which all others must be judged.

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Origin and Etymology of standard

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

Synonym Discussion of standard

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

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standard

adjective

Definition of standard

1 a :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
2 a :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

standardly

adverb

Examples of standard in a Sentence

  1. a window of standard width

  2. The movie was a pretty standard romantic comedy.

  3. The word is considered standard.

Recent Examples of standard from the Web

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First Known Use of standard

1567



STANDARD Defined for English Language Learners

standard

noun

Definition of standard for English Language Learners

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

  • standards : 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

Definition of standard for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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standard

noun stan·dard \ ˈstan-dərd \

Definition of standard for Students

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

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standard

adjective

Definition of standard for Students

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.

Medical Dictionary

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standard

noun stan·dard \ ˈstan-dərd \

medical Definition of standard

:something set up or established by an authority as a rule for the measure of quantity, weight, extent, value, or quality

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standard

adjective

medical Definition of standard

:constituting or conforming to a standard especially as established by law or custom
  • standard weight

Law Dictionary

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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