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[stan-derd-bair-er] /ˈstæn dərdˌbɛər ər/
an officer or soldier of an army or military unit who bears a standard.
a conspicuous leader of a movement, political party, or the like.
Origin of standard-bearer
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English
Related forms
standard-bearership, noun Unabridged
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  • Green's career has been filled with ambivalence toward soul music, even as he was its chief standard-bearer.
  • But the likely standard-bearer of another party better reflects his views.
  • It is a standard-bearer for a system of moral values.
  • Every candidate is vying to be the standard-bearer for conservatism, and exploiting the fact that its meaning is variable.
  • Since she had also been the euro-campaigners' standard-bearer, many expected a late surge of sympathy in favour of a yes.
  • Dutch politics will not be the same without her: she has been a charismatic standard-bearer of the political right.
  • It has emerged as the standard-bearer for popular culture.
  • Being the standard-bearer for the drugs industry has never been easy, but the job will get even harder.
British Dictionary definitions for standard-bearer


an officer or man who carries a standard
a leader of a cause or party
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