WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
stand•ard /ˈstændɚd/USA pronunciation
serving as a basis of weight, measure, value, comparison, or judgment.
[before a noun] of recognized excellence or established authority:a standard reference book.
usual or customary; normal:The car has these standard features: air conditioning, an airbag, and fold-down rear seats.
- something considered to be a basis of comparison:an official standard for weight.
- a principle for judging how good something is:a teacher whose standards are quite high.
- an average or normal quality, quantity, or level:The work isn't up to his usual standard.
- standards, [plural] the morals, ethics, etc., regarded as acceptable:The standards of the community are taken into account.
- Music and Dancea popular song having long-lasting popularity:He likes the old standards —Gershwin, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin.
- a flag indicating the presence of a king, queen, or public official, or used as an emblem by a group in the armed forces:King Arthur raised the standard of the Pendragon.
not electric or automatic:standard transmission.
Linguistics[usually before a noun] (of a language or dialect) agreeing with the pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary, etc., found among most educated native speakers and widely considered acceptable or correct. Compare nonstandard (def. 2).nonstandard
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standard /ˈstændəd/ n
- an accepted or approved example of something against which others are judged or measured
- (often plural) a principle of propriety, honesty, and integrity
- a level of excellence or quality
- any distinctive flag, device, etc, as of a nation, sovereign, or special cause
- 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 unit: the 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
- 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
- a song or piece of music that has remained popular for many years
Etymology: 12th Century: 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
- of the usual, regularized, medium, or accepted kind: a standard size
- of recognized authority, competence, or excellence: the standard work on Greece
- denoting or characterized by idiom, vocabulary, etc, that is regarded as correct and acceptable by educated native speakers
- Brit (formerly) (of eggs) of a size that is smaller than large and larger than medium
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