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  1. something or someone, as a person, performance, etc., remarkably superior to others: Evans was a standout in the mixed doubles.
  2. someone who is conspicuous in an area because of his or her refusal to conform with the actions, opinions, desires, etc., of the majority.
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  1. outstanding; superior.
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Origin of standout

First recorded in 1895–1900; noun, adj. use of verb phrase stand out
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Word Origin and History for standout


also stand-out, 1898, "a strike by workers," from stand (v.) + out. Meaning "one who is eminent" is from 1928; as an adjective in this sense from 1932.

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