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


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


She is a standout among the available candidates. All the cameras we tested were good, but there was no real standout.


the relief figures stand out from the wall quite strikingly
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But rather than backpacking across Europe, Abdi decided to give modeling a try and quickly became one of the seasons standouts walking Miu Miu, Valentino, Off-White, and opening Marc Jacobs. Vogue, "Meet the Top 14 Models of Fall 2019," 13 Mar. 2019 Browse through the photos above for a look at the case for some of the Astros' standouts to make this year's All-Star team. Matt Young, Houston Chronicle, "Making the case for record-breaking Astros' All-Star Game," 7 July 2018 After Calipari’s official website listed Montgomery first in its list of standouts from the first summer practice, don’t be surprised if that’s the lineup the UK coach eventually chooses. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "Three questions facing John Calipari in summer UK basketball practices," 4 July 2018 Outside of the starting five, the unit is young and includes a pair of four-star standouts in Daniel Faalele and Curtis Dunlap from IMG Academy. Matt Murschel,, "Rebuilding Minnesota is No. 74 in 2018 preseason college football rankings," 14 June 2018 Those countries are among several of the more festive standouts in jerseys for the global soccer showcase, with loads of sentimental touches in the designs of the 32 teams. Leanne Italie,, "Nigeria's bright, trippy uniforms a hit among World Cup uniforms," 12 June 2018 Patrick Winkel, Amity Regional-Woodbridge The latest in a long line of standouts to come from the Amity program, Winkel is the Gatorade Player of the Year, leading the Spartans in the state tournament. Dom Amore,, "What You Need To Know: Tim Cate Leads The State's MLB Draft Hopefuls," 4 June 2018 But one of the most touching standouts of the evening came from our queen, Kelly Clarkson, who was moved to tears during her team member Chevel's song. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Kelly Clarkson Tears Up After 'The Voice' Star Chevel Shepherd's Finale Performance," 18 Dec. 2018 That’s great news since Mullvad was already one of the standouts. Ian Paul, PCWorld, "Mullvad 2018 review: A fantastic VPN has a great new look," 17 Oct. 2018

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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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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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