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[out-sahy-der] /ˌaʊtˈsaɪ dər/
a person not belonging to a particular group, set, party, etc.:
Society often regards the artist as an outsider.
a person unconnected or unacquainted with the matter in question:
Not being a parent, I was regarded as an outsider.
a racehorse, sports team, or other competitor not considered likely to win or succeed.
a person or thing not within an enclosure, boundary, etc.
Origin of outsider
First recorded in 1790-1800; outside + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Honestly, I don't know; Altiera isn't the man to take an outsider into his confidence.

    The Coast of Adventure Harold Bindloss
  • It was thought a disgrace to give a daughter into the power of an outsider.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • The desire of the people to be mutually helpful is undoubted, whether it is to each other or to some "outsider" like ourselves.

    A Labrador Doctor Wilfred Thomason Grenfell
  • No outsider is allowed to learn the words or hear the tunes.

  • We wish no outsider to know that either Lucy or Jerry has tendered a resignation.

British Dictionary definitions for outsider


a person or thing excluded from or not a member of a set, group, etc
a contestant, esp a horse, thought unlikely to win in a race
(Canadian) (in the north) a person who does not live in the Arctic regions
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for outsider

1800, from outside; figurative sense of "a person isolated from conventional society" is first recorded 1907. The sense of race horses "outside" the favorites is from 1836; hence outside chance (1909).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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