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


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

Starting pitching was the strength of last year’s trades, with Dean Kremer and Bruce Zimmermann among the standouts from those deals and Tate looking as if his major league debut is approaching after a move to the bullpen. Jon Meoli,, "Five questions for the Orioles to answer in the second half of 2019," 12 July 2019 Like Bremner, Scotland frontman Dalglish was a standout for a side that achieved far more than their successors., "The 50 Greatest Footballers Who Never Won the World Cup," 2 July 2019 California Kamala Harris was the standout on Night Two of the Democratic debates. Claire Zillman, Fortune, "Why Female CEOs Are Outnumbered by Jeffreys: Broadsheet for June 28," 28 June 2019 This title track from Rose Ette's recent album is a standout. Joey Guerra, Houston Chronicle, "Houston acts light up the perfect Pride playlist," 20 June 2019 Jayna’s newfound understanding of her family’s toxic legacy and her efforts to redeem herself are a real standout. Samantha Nelson, The Verge, "In season 2, Krypton keeps viewers guessing," 12 June 2019 Lezon is also a standout in basketball and baseball at Southport. Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, "Football recruiting notebook: Avon four-star Blake Fisher all-in on Notre Dame," 30 May 2019 Among the standouts are Robert Lawson’s 1936 preparatory drawings for Munro Leaf’s treasured children’s book The Story of Ferdinand. Edith Newhall,, "The Library Company and Free Library unpack their treasures for two must-see exhibits," 28 June 2018 Hoffman, who joined the Padres in June 1993 via one of the Fire Sale deals, was among the standouts in 1996. Tom Krasovic,, "Trevor Hoffman is right about patience — but this isn't Padres rebuild 1.0," 14 May 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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