noun, often attributive
stand·out | \ˈstand-ˌau̇t \

Definition of standout 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: one that is prominent or conspicuous especially because of excellence

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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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Albert Pujols caught former Moeller High School standout and Reds Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. with his 630th career home run on Thursday night, and Pujols' next homer will leave Junior in seventh place on the all-time list. Dave Clark,, "Albert Pujols ties Ken Griffey Jr. with career home run No. 630," 13 July 2018 The Brantley County High standout has already visited Auburn, Florida, Tennessee and Xavier. Jeff Greer, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville basketball target Jaylin Williams to narrow school list," 13 July 2018 Langeliers is the younger sister of former Keller baseball standout and Baylor catcher Shea Langeliers. Brian Gosset, star-telegram, "Two Fort Worth-area softball stars named MaxPreps Underclassmen All-Americans," 12 July 2018 The Orlando Magic bet big on the former Longhorn standout with the No. San Antonio Express-News, "The Bamba Project is still in early stages," 11 July 2018 The Broncos feature a number of blue-chip prospects including five-star cornerback Akeem Dent, four-star wide receiver Bryan Robinson and University of Miami offensive lineman commit Renato Brown – also a former ThunderWolves standout. Wells Dusenbury,, "Oxbridge Academy standout QB Gio Richardson transfers to Palm Beach Central," 11 July 2018 The Charlotte Hornets rookie and former Michigan State standout understands why his skill set is desired in the NBA. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Position-less hoops could allow MSU's Miles Bridges to flourish in NBA," 11 July 2018 Tyrell is the younger brother of former Reavis standout BranTrell Seymore, a 2016 graduate. Pat Disabato, Daily Southtown, "Say no more: Senior two-way star Tyrell Seymore wants to get Reavis back into the football playoffs," 3 July 2018 Krause moved the former Northwestern standout from the Bulls’ marketing to basketball operations department in 1985. K.c. Johnson,, "Bulls promote Karen Stack Umlauf to associate coach for summer league, the franchise’s 1st-ever female coach," 3 July 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

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

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