verb (used with object), out·shone or out·shined, out·shin·ing.

to surpass in shining; shine more brightly than.
to surpass in splendor, ability, achievement, excellence, etc.: a product that outshone all competitors; to outshine one's classmates.

verb (used without object), out·shone or out·shined, out·shin·ing.

to shine out or forth: a small light outshining in the darkness.

Origin of outshine

First recorded in 1590–1600; out- + shine1
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Related Words for outshone

outperform, transcend, outplay, beat, exceed, excel, surpass, defeat

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Contemporary Examples of outshone

  • The most notable fact of the whole encounter, however, is this: Donald Trump would have outshone any of them without even trying.

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    Matt Latimer

    May 6, 2011

  • Theirs was “the wedding of the century,” outshone only by Charles and Diana 30 years later.

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    Last Role for Princess Grace

    Sandra McElwaine

    December 12, 2009

Historical Examples of outshone

British Dictionary definitions for outshone


verb -shines, -shining or -shone

(tr) to shine more brightly than
(tr) to surpass in excellence, beauty, wit, etc
(intr) rare to emit light
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Word Origin and History for outshone



1590s, from out (adv.) + shine (v.). Perhaps coined by Spenser. Figurative sense of "to surpass in splendor or excellence" is from 1610s. Related: Outshone; outshining.

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