/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.
late Middle English
an officer or man who carries a standard
a leader of a cause or party
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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.