stand·​ee stan-ˈdē How to pronounce standee (audio)
: a standing person : one who occupies standing room

Examples of standee in a Sentence

The audience of 3,000 included several hundred standees.
Recent Examples on the Web The folks upstairs, if not the mostly younger standees below, will surely recognize the visual reference to Studio 54, the celebrity nightclub where Marcos, the first lady of the Philippines from 1965 to 1986, danced away the last decade of her reign while impoverishing her people. Jesse Green, New York Times, 21 July 2023 The actors often perform on an array of moving platforms that transport the action to various parts of the theater while incidentally sweeping the standees into new configurations. Jesse Green, New York Times, 21 July 2023 One episode’s subplot about a hellaciously difficult-to-construct standee for an Emma Stone release called Thimble 2: Thumb Wars manages to poke fun at franchise stans, Hollywood’s sequel obsession and the weirdness of movie promo campaigns all in one go. Angie Han, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Nov. 2022 Sadiq’s visual wit is never more apparent, meanwhile, than in the image of Haider ferrying a giant cardboard standee of Biba across town on his moped: a trans woman literally larger than life, defiantly taking up space against the night sky. Guy Lodge, Variety, 10 June 2022 Its mascot is, after all a goofy, boggle-eyed llama alpaca (llama?) with a pronounced underbite; the animal also appears as an elaborate in-game standee denoting the first player. Tom Mendelsohn, Ars Technica, 14 July 2018 The Congress is undergoing a $69 million redevelopment that will transform it into a live music venue with a capacity of 4,000 standees. Blair Kamin,, 29 June 2018 Along the sides, every chair is full, and there’s a line of standees leaning against the walls. Leah Garchik, San Francisco Chronicle, 1 May 2018 But then there are streets, and streets serve not just drivers but also bicyclists on bikes, pedestrians on foot, café-sitters and jewelry-vendors and food-cart standees. Christopher Bonanos, Daily Intelligencer, 30 Mar. 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1845, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of standee was in 1845

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“Standee.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2023.

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stand·​ee stan-ˈdē How to pronounce standee (audio)
: one who occupies standing room
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