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

Defensive standouts for Newport Harbor also included linebackers Brendan Duffy, Johnny Brigandi and Chad Koste, and end Kris Kirnbauer. Daily Pilot, "Newport Harbor football improves to 3-0 with comeback win at Aliso Niguel," 6 Sep. 2019 McNulty and Mayfield will be standouts in the secondary. Mick Mccabe, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan high school football: Mick McCabe's top 25 teams for 2019," 25 Aug. 2019 Quarterback and Tennessee-Martin commit Gerard Nesbitt and junior wide receiver and Miami commit Jacolby George are two standouts who will lead Plantation. Adam Lichtenstein,, "St. Thomas, Deerfield lead preseason Broward County football rankings," 20 Aug. 2019 Tech stocks were the standouts in an otherwise sluggish day of trading on Monday, as investors gear up for the arrival of the heart of earnings reporting season. Damian J. Troise,, "Technology stocks shine," 22 July 2019 Although there was no clear standout in the debate, Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker and Julián Castro received the most speaking time. CBS News, "Democratic debate: Candidates go head-to-head on second night — live updates," 27 June 2019 Popular starters include watermelon bruschetta, while mussels and meatloaf Wellington are standouts among the entrees. Katherine Rodeghier, Dallas News, "St. Petersburg, Fla., goes from senior rest home to hipster hangout," 18 June 2019 Prince William and Kate Middleton shared a four-part slideshow—and the second and third photos were clear standouts. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton, Prince William, Princess Eugenie and More Royals Wish Prince Philip a Happy Birthday," 10 June 2019 Frank Draper and Elmere Wright were local baseball standouts. Alan Suderman, The Seattle Times, "Virginia town remembers the high price paid on D-Day," 20 May 2019

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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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one from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan

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