Nearby words

  1. stand-down,
  2. stand-in,
  3. stand-off,
  4. stand-off half,
  5. stand-up,
  6. standard amenities,
  7. standard assessment tasks,
  8. standard atmosphere,
  9. standard bicarbonate,
  10. standard book number

Origin of standard

1125–75; Middle English < Old French, probably < Frankish *standord (compare German Standort standing-point), conformed to -ard -ard

1, 3. gauge, basis, pattern, guide. Standard, criterion refer to the basis for making a judgment. A standard is an authoritative principle or rule that usually implies a model or pattern for guidance, by comparison with which the quantity, excellence, correctness, etc., of other things may be determined: She could serve as the standard of good breeding. A criterion is a rule or principle used to judge the value, suitability, probability, etc., of something, without necessarily implying any comparison: Wealth is no criterion of a person's worth.

Related formspre·stand·ard, noun, adjectivesu·per·stand·ard, noun, adjectiveun·stand·ard, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for standard

British Dictionary definitions for standard



an accepted or approved example of something against which others are judged or measured
(often plural) a principle of propriety, honesty, and integrityshe has no standards
a level of excellence or qualitya low standard of living
any distinctive flag, device, etc, as of a nation, sovereign, or special cause
  1. any of a variety of naval or military flags
  2. the colours of a cavalry regiment
a flag or emblem formerly used to show the central or rallying point of an army in battle
a large tapering flag ending in two points, originally borne by a sovereign or high-ranking noble
the commodity or commodities in which is stated the value of a basic monetary unitthe gold standard
an authorized model of a unit of measure or weight
a unit of board measure equal to 1980 board feet
(in coinage) the prescribed proportion by weight of precious metal and base metal that each coin must contain
an upright pole or beam, esp one used as a support
  1. a piece of furniture consisting of an upright pole or beam on a base or support
  2. (as modifier)a standard lamp
  1. a plant, esp a fruit tree, that is trained so that it has an upright stem free of branches
  2. (as modifier)a standard cherry
a song or piece of music that has remained popular for many years
the largest petal of a leguminous flower, such as a sweetpea
(in New Zealand and, formerly, in England and Wales) a class or level of attainment in an elementary school


of the usual, regularized, medium, or accepted kinda standard size
of recognized authority, competence, or excellencethe standard work on Greece
denoting or characterized by idiom, vocabulary, etc, that is regarded as correct and acceptable by educated native speakersCompare nonstandard, informal
British (formerly) (of eggs) of a size that is smaller than large and larger than medium

Word Origin for standard

C12: from Old French estandart gathering place, flag to mark such a place, probably of Germanic origin; compare Old High German stantan to stand, Old High German ort place

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Word Origin and History for standard


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Medicine definitions for standard




An acknowledged measure of comparison for quantitative or qualitative value; a criterion.
An object that under specified conditions defines, represents, or records the magnitude of a unit.


Serving as or conforming to a standard of measurement or value.
Widely recognized as a model of authority or excellence.

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