Definition of standard adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈstændəd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈstændərd//
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  1. 1  average 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 rate of tax (= paid by everyone) It is standard practice to search visitors as they enter the building. All vehicles come with a CD player as standard. 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 Washing machines 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 non-standard, substandard
  8. Word OriginMiddle English (denoting a flag raised on a pole as a rallying point, the authorized exemplar of a unit of measurement, or an upright timber): shortening of Old French estendart, from estendre ‘extend’; in sense (5), influenced by the verb stand.Extra examples Anti-lock brakes come as standard. The stations were built to a simple, almost standard design. a fairly standard method of assessing employees ‘No comment’ is his standard reply to most questions. All vehicles come with a catalytic converter as standard. Calls will be charged at the standard rate. I enclose a copy of our standard contract. Imprisonment became the standard method of punishment. It is standard practice to search visitors as they enter the building. Pizza dough is oilier than standard bread dough. The rifle was standard issue for the British army before the First World War.
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