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 Howard Cross III was a standout defensive end at Saint Joseph Regional High School in Montvale, N.J., helping his team to a state championship and earning state Player of the Year honors as a senior in 2018. Creg Stephenson |, al, "For Howard Cross, Alabama-Notre Dame matchup will be ‘pretty cool’," 31 Dec. 2020 The senior is a two-way standout who has become an even better communicator this year, per new head coach Manny DeBarros. Nathaniel Weitzer,, "EMass boys’ basketball players to watch in 2020-21," 31 Dec. 2020 Typically, quarterbacks earn that distinction because of a reputation of pedestrian play rather than of standout or elite proportions. Safid Deen,, "With powerful defense, Tua Tagovailoa hasn’t had to be flashy during Dolphins’ playoff push," 24 Dec. 2020 Mueller earned the attention of Berhalter after his standout 2020 season. Julia Poe,, "Orlando City star Chris Mueller dazzles in USMNT debut," 9 Dec. 2020 This My Turn standout displays an unusually holistic take on the frustrations of fame and an awareness of what others might see as your failures and faults. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 100 Best Songs of 2020: Staff List," 8 Dec. 2020 But here, the puffer coat was a standout: a vintage Jean Paul Gaultier piece with sleeves that went beyond the fingertips, which lent the silhouette a slice of outré cool. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Bella Hadid Is a Certified Depop Shopper," 4 Dec. 2020 The biggest absence, of course, is Keobounnam, who had started the first three games in a retooled offensive line that has successfully cleared a path all season for standout running back Jermar Jefferson. Joe Freeman, oregonlive, "Coronavirus absences continue, Addison Gumbs’ playing status, 2-point conversions, avoiding letdown: Oregon State Beavers football notes," 2 Dec. 2020 Flagg, a former Alvin High standout, and senior guards Quenton Jackson and Jay Jay Chandler are the program’s leaders. Brent Zwerneman,, "Texas A&M’s Buzz Williams: Players’ safety is ‘priority No. 1’," 24 Nov. 2020

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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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20 Jan 2021

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“Standout.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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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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