- something or someone, as a person, performance, etc., remarkably superior to others: Evans was a standout in the mixed doubles.
- someone who is conspicuous in an area because of his or her refusal to conform with the actions, opinions, desires, etc., of the majority.
- outstanding; superior.
Origin of standout
First recorded in 1895–1900; noun, adj. use of verb phrase stand out
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Examples from the Web for standout
On the opposite end of the spectrum are two other standout works, which depict Mary as a loving, nurturing mother.The Virgin Mary Lookbook
December 7, 2014
Now, the actress is back with a trio of standout performances in indie films.The Resurrection of Kristen Stewart
October 11, 2014
The most popular dish is the totto spicy ramen, a standout for those who crave heat.Underground Ramen’s Mainstream Moment
May 12, 2014
Standout tracks include the Bad-era sounding Blue Gangsta and the irrepressibly buoyant Paul Anka-written Love Never Felt So Good.Dead or Alive, the Hits Keep Coming
May 12, 2014
The standout punchline was wisely saved to close out the opening monologue.Oscars 2014 Best Moments: Lupita Wins, Pink Sings & One Epic Selfie
March 3, 2014
Work was suspended and after but a brief "standout" the whole ended in a complete victory for the workingmen.A History of Trade Unionism in the United States
A picture should not "standout" from its frame, but should go back into it, reaching even into infinity.The Gate of Appreciation
Word Origin and History for standout
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper