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standard-bearer

[stan-derd-bair-er]
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noun
  1. an officer or soldier of an army or military unit who bears a standard.
  2. a conspicuous leader of a movement, political party, or the like.

Origin of standard-bearer

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50
Related formsstand·ard-bear·er·ship, noun
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standard-bearer

noun
  1. an officer or man who carries a standard
  2. a leader of a cause or party
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