noun, often attributive
stand·​out | \ ˈstand-ˌau̇t How to pronounce standout (audio) \

Definition of standout

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: one that is prominent or conspicuous especially because of excellence

stand out

stood out; standing out; stands out

Definition of stand out (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : to appear as if in relief : project
b : to be prominent or conspicuous stands out from the crowd
2 : to steer away from shore
3 : to be stubborn in resolution or resistance

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Examples of standout in a Sentence

Noun She is a standout among the available candidates. All the cameras we tested were good, but there was no real standout. Verb the relief figures stand out from the wall quite strikingly
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Harris was the standout on June’s debate stage and was widely panned for her performance in July. oregonlive, "Who won September’s Democratic presidential debate? Vote here," 13 Sep. 2019 Levandowski is a standout among an elite cadre of engineers with expertise in autonomous driving, which is widely considered the future of the auto industry. Evan Sernoffsky,, "Engineer charged with stealing Google’s self-driving car secrets," 27 Aug. 2019 The defense returners seven starters and Pruchnic could be a standout. Mick Mccabe, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan high school football: Mick McCabe's top 25 teams for 2019," 25 Aug. 2019 Davis, who has an undisclosed injury, was a real standout last summer and made the original 53-man roster. Jim Mcbride,, "Patriots release veteran WR Maurice Harris," 25 Aug. 2019 As an undergraduate, Koch, at 6-foot-5, was a standout on the basketball team, setting the school's single-game scoring record. Bill Hewitt, Anchorage Daily News, "David Koch, billionaire industrialist who influenced conservative politics, dies at 79," 23 Aug. 2019 The darkly funny series about a wealthy Murdoch-like family and their greedy struggles for power was a standout last summer., "Summer TV 2019 winners and losers: ‘Succession,’ ‘Stranger Things,’ ‘Instinct,’ and more," 22 Aug. 2019 There were no standout moments for them, but most importantly, there were also no flubs. Rebecca Morin, USA TODAY, "Democratic debate: Who were the winners and losers," 13 Sep. 2019 Meanwhile, analysts don’t believe there was a clear standout winner in last night’s debate. Halley Bondy, NBC News, "In the know: Women in the news 9/9-9/13," 13 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of standout


1928, in the meaning defined above


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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27 Oct 2019

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The first known use of standout was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of standout

US : a person or thing that is better or more important than the others in a group

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