- any of various military or naval flags.
- the colors of a mounted unit.
- (initial capital letter)a U.S. Navy radar-guided surface-to-air missile with a range of 10–30 miles (16–48 km).
Origin of standard
Synonyms for standard
Related Words for standardaccepted, definitive, classic, normal, common, basic, usual, typical, requirement, code, specification, rule, ideal, measure, test, model, law, norm, set, average
Examples from the Web for standard
Contemporary Examples of standard
The same Pediatrics journal notes that 17 states have some form of exception to the standard parental consent requirement.Should Teens Have The Right To Die?
January 8, 2015
Completed in 1953 and composed with standard line breaks and punctuation, the book was completely ignored upon submission.The Lost Novel of Nobel-Winner José Saramago
January 5, 2015
It was not only the advice that I gave parents about their kids, it was the standard I held for my own.Yes, Your Toddler Can Watch TV: The New Rules for Screen Time
December 26, 2014
As it stands, I do not believe we are anywhere close to meeting that standard.No, North Korea Didn’t Hack Sony
December 24, 2014
He says it is standard to call ahead to ask what sorts of services are offered.Inside the Smuggling Networks Flooding Europe with Refugees
Barbie Latza Nadeau
December 15, 2014
Historical Examples of standard
At least they will be my standard of conduct in the path before me.
When one looked at him one felt that he was a standard by which other animals should be measured.Way of the Lawless
He measured your blindness and weakness by the standard of His own knowledge and almightiness.
You might say that a standard of morals is entirely a matter of opinion.
The only standard by which the majority of us appraise our work is man's.
- any of a variety of naval or military flags
- the colours of a cavalry regiment
- a piece of furniture consisting of an upright pole or beam on a base or support
- (as modifier)a standard lamp
- a plant, esp a fruit tree, that is trained so that it has an upright stem free of branches
- (as modifier)a standard cherry
Word Origin for standard
mid-12c., "flag or other conspicuous object to serve as a rallying point for a military force," from Old French estandart, probably from Frankish *standhard, literally "stand fast or firm," a compound of words similar to Gothic standan "to stand" (see stand) and hardus "hard" (see hard). So called because the flag was fixed to a pole or spear and stuck in the ground to stand upright.
The other theory connects the Old French word to estendre "to stretch out," from Latin extendere (see extend). Meaning "unit of measure" is early 14c., from Anglo-French, where it was used 13c., and is perhaps metaphoric, the royal standard coming to stand for royal authority in matters like setting weights and measures. Hence the meaning "authoritative or recognized exemplar of quality or correctness" (late 15c.).
Meaning "rule, principal or means of judgment" is from 1560s. That of "definite level of attainment" is attested from 1711 (e.g. standard of living, 1903). Some senses (e.g. "upright pole," mid-15c.) seem to be influenced by stand (v.). Standard-bearer in the figurative sense is from 1560s.