American English

Definition of standard adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1average or normal rather than having special or unusual features A standard letter was sent to all candidates. Televisions are a standard feature in most hotel rooms. the standard tax rate (= paid by everyone) It is standard practice to search visitors as they enter the building. standard issue uniforms (= given to everyone)
  2. size/measurement
  3. 2[usually before noun] following a particular standard set, for example, by an industry standard sizes of clothes Dishwashers have standard measurements to fit under kitchen units.
  4. book/writer
  5. 3[only before noun] read by most people who are studying a particular subject
  6. language
  7. 4[usually before noun] (of spelling, pronunciation, grammar. etc.) believed to be correct and used by most people Standard English compare nonstandard, substandard
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: standard