Definition of outsider noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌaʊtˈsaɪdə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌaʊtˈsaɪdər//
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  1. 1a person who is not accepted as a member of a society, group, etc. Here she felt she would always be an outsider. Wordfindercivil rights, class, conform, convention, culture, custom, elite, equality, outsider, society See related entries: Immigration
  2. 2a person who is not part of a particular organization or profession They have decided to hire outsiders for some of the key positions. To an outsider it may appear to be a glamorous job.
  3. 3a person or an animal taking part in a race or competition that is not expected to win The race was won by a 20–1 outsider. To everyone's surprise, the post went to a rank outsider (= a complete outsider). See related entries: Athletics
  4. Extra examples I started to feel like a complete outsider. The company has gone from being an outsider in the market to being a market leader. an outsider to the group
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: outsider