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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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  • "Perhaps I am not altogether an outsider, young sir," he replied, calmly.

    In the Valley Harold Frederic
  • After which, as if in despair, the outsider again rattled and jerked the knob.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • Mentioning it to Billy might not, indeed, have mattered, since Billy was already an "outsider."

    Four Girls and a Compact Annie Hamilton Donnell
  • It might be difficult for them to explain their presence there to an outsider.

    The Web of the Golden Spider

    Frederick Orin Bartlett
  • The latter was an outsider, but they had heard great things of her.

    Garrison's Finish W. B. M. Ferguson
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
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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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