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

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
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Muskegon native and Chippewa standout was a two-time first-team All-Mid-American Conference selection (2019, 2021) and was MAC Special Teams Player of the Year last season. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, 1 May 2022 The standout is, of course, the primary suite which has the majority of the floor, a huge bathroom and top-notch northern views. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 27 Apr. 2022 Shulze's death is the second tragedy involving a former Ventura County standout athlete in the past two months. Loren Ledin, USA TODAY, 25 Apr. 2022 Few people can handle Strange’s arcane dialogue better than writer Roger Stern, but the real standout of Triumph and Torment is the art. Joe George, Men's Health, 25 Apr. 2022 The former University School standout is the third player to win the annual award with the Raptors, joining Damon Stoudamire (1995-96) and Vince Carter (1998-99). Sun Sentinel, 23 Apr. 2022 The former Wakefield High School standout is likely to earn in the neighborhood of $10 million per season because of his skill set, including his impressive defense on a bigger Jayson Tatum . . . Gary Washburn,, 23 Apr. 2022 After testing, the standout was the Saatva Graphite Mattress Topper. Amy Jamieson,, 15 Apr. 2022 Another standout from the same neighborhood is Pigtails Downtown. Brad Japhe, Forbes, 13 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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8 May 2022

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“Standout.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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