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standout

[stand-out] /ˈstændˌaʊt/
noun
1.
something or someone, as a person, performance, etc., remarkably superior to others:
Evans was a standout in the mixed doubles.
2.
someone who is conspicuous in an area because of his or her refusal to conform with the actions, opinions, desires, etc., of the majority.
adjective
3.
outstanding; superior.
Also, stand-out.
Origin
1895-1900
1895-1900; noun, adj. use of verb phrase stand out
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British Dictionary definitions for standout

stand out

verb (intransitive, adverb)
1.
to be distinctive or conspicuous
2.
to refuse to agree, consent, or comply: they stood out for a better price
3.
to protrude or project
4.
to navigate a vessel away from a port, harbour, anchorage, etc
noun
5.
(informal)
  1. a person or thing that is distinctive or outstanding
  2. (as modifier): the standout track from the album
6.
a person who refuses to agree or consent
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Word Origin and History for standout
n.

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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