WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
stand•ard /ˈstændɚd/USA pronunciation n. [countable]
  1. something considered to be a basis of comparison:an official standard for weight.
  2. a principle for judging how good something is:a teacher whose standards are quite high.
  3. an average or normal quality, quantity, or level:The work isn't up to his usual standard.
  4. standards, [plural] the morals, ethics, etc., regarded as acceptable:The standards of the community are taken into account.
  5. Music and Dancea popular song having long-lasting popularity:He likes the old standards —Gershwin, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin.
  6. 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.

  • 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.
  • manual;
    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

  • Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    standard /ˈstændəd/ n
    1. an accepted or approved example of something against which others are judged or measured
    2. (often plural) a principle of propriety, honesty, and integrity
    3. a level of excellence or quality
    4. any distinctive flag, device, etc, as of a nation, sovereign, or special cause
    5. a flag or emblem formerly used to show the central or rallying point of an army in battle
    6. a large tapering flag ending in two points, originally borne by a sovereign or high-ranking noble
    7. the commodity or commodities in which is stated the value of a basic monetary unit: the gold standard
    8. an authorized model of a unit of measure or weight
    9. a unit of board measure equal to 1980 board feet
    10. (in coinage) the prescribed proportion by weight of precious metal and base metal that each coin must contain
    11. an upright pole or beam, esp one used as a support
    12. a piece of furniture consisting of an upright pole or beam on a base or support
    13. (as modifier): a standard lamp
    14. a plant, esp a fruit tree, that is trained so that it has an upright stem free of branches
    15. (as modifier): a standard cherry
    16. a song or piece of music that has remained popular for many years
    1. of the usual, regularized, medium, or accepted kind: a standard size
    2. of recognized authority, competence, or excellence: the standard work on Greece
    3. denoting or characterized by idiom, vocabulary, etc, that is regarded as correct and acceptable by educated native speakers
    4. Brit (formerly) (of eggs) of a size that is smaller than large and larger than medium
    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

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