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 great performers who live and tour here of course set the standard, but there’s another key factor at play: the audience. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago stories will unfold at 13th Hyde Park Jazz Festival," 7 June 2019 Chugiak jumping coach Charity Manwaring said Sparks was held to the same workout standards as the other athletes and finished every workout with a smile on his face. Matt Tunseth, Anchorage Daily News, "‘He’s got this magical thing’: Track program gives special-needs student a sense of belonging," 7 June 2019 Brent crude oil, the international standard, closed 1.7% higher at $61.67 a barrel. Washington Post, "US stocks climb on hope of US-Mexico trade deal," 7 June 2019 The teachers hold themselves to the same standards, serving as role models for their students. Jessica Levy, Indianapolis Star, "Sycamore School helps gifted children thrive," 7 June 2019 Stone’s motion seeks either Brocksom’s acquittal and release, or a new trial, due to defense allegations of violation of speedy trial standards and manipulation of charges by prosecutors. Jim Newton, Lake County News-Sun, "Man convicted of Gurnee murder last fall might finally be sentenced next month," 7 June 2019 The new drone presents even more challenges for regulators because there aren’t standards yet for its robotic features. Alan Levin, latimes.com, "Amazon unveils a chopper-plane mashup to deliver packages," 6 June 2019 Youth workers have to follow certain standards and are expected to complete jobs in a timely and courteous manner. courant.com, "Community News For The Hebron Edition," 6 June 2019 The new drone presents even more challenges for regulators because there aren’t standards yet for its robotic features. Alan Levin, Fortune, "Amazon Reveals Its Latest Delivery Drone Design," 5 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Gmail's standard dark theme turns the background steel gray; Slack's dark theme goes dark, but not quite black. Arielle Pardes, WIRED, "Do You Really Need Dark Mode?," 8 June 2019 The investigation will include a standard probe by the Army’s Criminal Investigation Division, a review by a safety team from Alabama’s Fort Rucker and a re-creation of the scene aided by New York State Police, according to the academy . Washington Post, "National Digest: Minneapolis officer who shot woman sentenced to 121/2 years," 8 June 2019 It’s also heavy on bonuses, which seems to be standard practice for ASU athletics under university president Michael Crow. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, "Stock report: On USC football momentum, Stanford basketball personnel hits, Pac-12 bowl partners and more," 7 June 2019 This version, scheduled for 2024, will have an output (2.36 megawatts) and a price (€2.4m) about the same as those of a standard turbine in a wind farm. The Economist, "An innovative approach to making electricity from the wind," 7 June 2019 Trump's aides stayed in some of the toniest neighborhoods in London, with rates for standard hotel rooms at the Intercontinental Hotel Park Lane easily topping $500. Anchorage Daily News, "Trump family members promote themselves, and businesses, on European trip," 7 June 2019 But in fact the car is sharper-looking and much more fun to drive than the standard Civic, at a price point that young buyers will have a hard time resisting. Charles Fleming, latimes.com, "Sedans are dead? No one told Honda, whose new Civic is sleeker and sportier," 7 June 2019 Fabrics are being cut, ironed, and assembled, all to standard qualifications set by the International Days for Girls organization. Kitty Leshay, courant.com, "Days For Girls: Empowering Girls Worldwide," 7 June 2019 Wireless external storage The Filehub has a standard USB port to connect a flash drive or external hard drive. Dallas News, "Why everyone needs a Ravpower Filehub in their computer bag," 6 June 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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The first known use of standard was in the 12th century

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standard

noun

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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