standard

[ stan-derd ]
/ ˈstæn dərd /

noun

adjective

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Origin of standard

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

SYNONYMS FOR standard

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.

OTHER WORDS FROM standard

pre·stand·ard, noun, adjectivesu·per·stand·ard, noun, adjectiveun·stand·ard, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for standards

standard
/ (ˈstændəd) /

noun

adjective

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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Medical definitions for standards

standard
[ stăndərd ]

n.

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.

adj.

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