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[stand-out] /ˈstændˌaʊt/
something or someone, as a person, performance, etc., remarkably superior to others:
Evans was a standout in the mixed doubles.
someone who is conspicuous in an area because of his or her refusal to conform with the actions, opinions, desires, etc., of the majority.
outstanding; superior.
Also, stand-out.
Origin of standout
1895-1900; noun, adj. use of verb phrase stand out Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for standout
  • If done right, it could be a standout in the region.
  • Patty frightened nobody, but she'd been a standout athlete in high school and college and possessed a jock sort of fearlessness.
  • The toy is a standout for both rarity and excellent condition.
  • Apple was a standout in what has otherwise been a fairly lackluster earnings season.
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  • Individuals who simply know a lot of people are less likely to achieve standout performance, because they're spread too thin.
  • Langston's workshop was recognized as a conference standout and organizers were insistent they return.
  • This standout, also released as a single, segues directly into ring out wild bells.
British Dictionary definitions for standout

stand out

verb (intransitive, adverb)
to be distinctive or conspicuous
to refuse to agree, consent, or comply: they stood out for a better price
to protrude or project
to navigate a vessel away from a port, harbour, anchorage, etc
  1. a person or thing that is distinctive or outstanding
  2. (as modifier): the standout track from the album
a person who refuses to agree or consent
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Word Origin and History for standout

also stand-out, 1898, "a strike by workers," from stand (v.) + out. Meaning "one who is eminent" is from 1928; as an adjective in this sense from 1932.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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