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

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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Given all these problems, the standouts of the PlayStation Classic library might just be the purely 2D games. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "PlayStation Classic review: A far-from-classic experience," 27 Nov. 2018 But the real standout is her Soft Wave Pivoting Wand Curling Iron. Bella Cacciatore, Glamour, "Jenna Dewan's Hairstylist Made a Curling Iron Like You’ve Never Seen Before," 21 Nov. 2018 One culinary standout is Hearth on 25th, where that titular hearth turns out yak meatballs and oven-roasted rabbit (195 25th St., Elisabeth Vincentelli, WSJ, "The Coolest, Under-the-Radar Ski Towns in the American West," 15 Nov. 2018 Yet thought this Southern standout may be quick-serve, the food is more elevated than typical fast food—and will stick to your ribs. Diana Oates, Condé Nast Traveler, "20 Best Restaurants in Houston," 1 Oct. 2018 Dulaney High two-sport standout Maggie Kelly is the 2018 Towson Times Female Athlete of the Year after helping to lead the Lions to the state championship game in field hockey and lacrosse. Craig Clary,, "Dulaney High's Maggie Kelly is Towson Times Female Athlete of the Year," 13 July 2018 Another side-dish standout is three-cheese mac and cheese, heavy on the cheese, served gooey and rich and topped with toasted panko for a nice bit textural contrast. Larry Olmsted, USA TODAY, "Chicken, biscuits and beer: Dallas eatery serves tasty trifecta," 12 July 2018 However, as expected, the former Texas Tech standout has been inconsistent on offense in his new role. Keith Pompey,, "Sixers to open NBA Summer League playoffs against Mikal Bridges, Suns," 11 July 2018 The expectation is that, coming out of a bye week, the 25-year-old standout will be back against the Seahawks on Sunday afternoon. Mike Vorel, The Seattle Times, "Five things to know about the Seahawks’ next opponent, the Los Angeles Chargers," 29 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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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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