Definitions for standardˈstæn dərd

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

stand•ardˈstæn dərd(n.)

  1. something considered by an authority or by general consent as a basis of comparison.

  2. an object regarded as the most common size or form of its kind.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  3. a rule or principle that is used as a basis for judgment.

  4. an average or normal quality, quantity, or level:

    The work isn't up to his usual standard.

  5. standards, the morals, ethics, customs, etc., regarded generally or by an individual as acceptable.

  6. the authorized exemplar of a unit of weight or measure.

  7. a certain commodity in or by which a basic monetary unit is stated:

    gold standard.

    Category: Business

  8. the legally established content of full-weight coins.

    Category: Business

  9. the prescribed degree of fineness for gold or silver.

    Category: Business

  10. Brit. a class or grade in elementary schools.

    Category: British, Education

  11. a musical piece of sufficiently enduring popularity to be made part of a permanent repertoire, esp. a popular song.

    Category: Music and Dance

  12. a flag indicating the presence of a sovereign or public official.

  13. a flag or emblematic figure used as a rallying point for an army, fleet, etc.

  14. any of various military or naval flags. the colors of a mounted military unit.

    Category: Military

  15. a long, narrow, tapering flag bearing heraldic devices and personal to an individual or group.

    Category: Heraldry

  16. something that stands or is placed upright.

  17. an upright support.

  18. a long candlestick or candelabrum used in a church.

  19. a plant trained or grafted to have a single, erect, treelike stem.

    Category: Botany

  20. a distinct petal, larger than the rest, of certain flowers; a vexillum.

    Category: Botany

  21. (adj.)serving as a basis of weight, measure, value, comparison, or judgment.

  22. of recognized excellence or established authority:

    a standard reference book.

  23. usual or customary.

  24. manual; not electric or automatic:

    standard transmission.

  25. conforming in pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary, etc., to the usage of most educated native speakers and widely considered acceptable or correct.

    Category: Language/Linguistics

    Ref: Compare nonstandard (def. 2). 2

  26. officially approved; authorized.

  27. (of meat, esp. beef or veal) of or designating a grade immediately below select or good.

    Category: Cooking

Origin of standard:

1125–75; ME < OF, prob. < Frankish *standord (cf. G Standort standing-point), conformed to -ard -ard

Princeton's WordNet

  1. standard, criterion, measure, touchstone(noun)

    a basis for comparison; a reference point against which other things can be evaluated

    "the schools comply with federal standards"; "they set the measure for all subsequent work"

  2. criterion, standard(noun)

    the ideal in terms of which something can be judged

    "they live by the standards of their community"

  3. standard(noun)

    a board measure = 1980 board feet

  4. standard, monetary standard(noun)

    the value behind the money in a monetary system

  5. standard(noun)

    an upright pole or beam (especially one used as a support)

    "distance was marked by standards every mile"; "lamps supported on standards provided illumination"

  6. standard, banner(adj)

    any distinctive flag

  7. standard(adj)

    conforming to or constituting a standard of measurement or value; or of the usual or regularized or accepted kind

    "windows of standard width"; "standard sizes"; "the standard fixtures"; "standard brands"; "standard operating procedure"

  8. standard(adj)

    commonly used or supplied

    "standard procedure"; "standard car equipment"

  9. standard(adj)

    established or well-known or widely recognized as a model of authority or excellence

    "a standard reference work"; "the classical argument between free trade and protectionism"

  10. standard, received(adj)

    conforming to the established language usage of educated native speakers

    "standard English" (American); "received standard English is sometimes called the King's English" (British)

  11. standard, stock(adj)

    regularly and widely used or sold

    "a standard size"; "a stock item"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. standard(adjective)ˈstæn dərd

    normal or usual

    standard pronunciation; the standard height to hang a wall mirror

  2. standard(noun)ˈstæn dərd

    the level of quality that is normal or acceptable

    The standard of the entries this year has been very high.; attempts to raise educational standards; The air quality is below standard.; a company that sets the standard for the industry


  1. standard(Noun)

    A level of quality or attainment.

  2. standard(Noun)

    Something used as a measure for comparative evaluations.

  3. standard(Noun)

    An object supported in an upright position.

  4. standard(Noun)

    A musical work of established popularity.

  5. standard(Noun)

    The flag or ensign carried by a military unit.

  6. standard(Noun)

    A rule or set of rules or requirements which are widely agreed upon or imposed by government.

  7. standard(Noun)

    A bottle of wine containing 0.750 liters of fluid.

  8. standard(Noun)

    One of the upright members that supports the horizontal axis of a transit or theodolite.

  9. standard(Noun)

    A manual transmission vehicle.

  10. standard(Adjective)

    Falling within an accepted range of size, amount, power, quality, etc.

  11. standard(Adjective)

    Growing on an erect stem of full height.

  12. standard(Adjective)

    Having recognized excellence or authority.

  13. standard(Adjective)

    Of a usable or serviceable grade or quality.

  14. standard(Adjective)

    Having a manual transmission.

  15. standard(Adjective)

    As normally supplied (not optional).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Standard(noun)

    a flag; colors; a banner; especially, a national or other ensign

  2. Standard(noun)

    that which is established by authority as a rule for the measure of quantity, extent, value, or quality; esp., the original specimen weight or measure sanctioned by government, as the standard pound, gallon, or yard

  3. Standard(noun)

    that which is established as a rule or model by authority, custom, or general consent; criterion; test

  4. Standard(noun)

    the proportion of weights of fine metal and alloy established by authority

  5. Standard(noun)

    a tree of natural size supported by its own stem, and not dwarfed by grafting on the stock of a smaller species nor trained upon a wall or trellis

  6. Standard(noun)

    the upper petal or banner of a papilionaceous corolla

  7. Standard(noun)

    an upright support, as one of the poles of a scaffold; any upright in framing

  8. Standard(noun)

    an inverted knee timber placed upon the deck instead of beneath it, with its vertical branch turned upward from that which lies horizontally

  9. Standard(noun)

    the sheth of a plow

  10. Standard(noun)

    a large drinking cup

  11. Standard(adj)

    being, affording, or according with, a standard for comparison and judgment; as, standard time; standard weights and measures; a standard authority as to nautical terms; standard gold or silver

  12. Standard(adj)

    hence: Having a recognized and permanent value; as, standard works in history; standard authors

  13. Standard(adj)

    not supported by, or fastened to, a wall; as, standard fruit trees

  14. Standard(adj)

    not of the dwarf kind; as, a standard pear tree

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'standard' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1436

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'standard' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1985

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'standard' in Nouns Frequency: #263

  4. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'standard' in Adjectives Frequency: #170

Translations for standard

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


something used as a basis of measurement

The kilogram is the international standard of weight.

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