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English adjective: standard

1. standard conforming to or constituting a standard of measurement or value; or of the usual or regularized or accepted kind

SamplesWindows of standard width.
Standard sizes.
The standard fixtures.
Standard brands.
Standard operating procedure.

Similarmodular, regular, regulation, standardised, standardized, stock

See alsonormal

Attributeamount, measure, quantity


2. standard commonly used or supplied

SamplesStandard procedure.
Standard car equipment.



3. standard established or well-known or widely recognized as a model of authority or excellence

SamplesA standard reference work.
The classical argument between free trade and protectionism.

Similarauthoritative, basic, canonic, canonical, casebook, classic, classical, criterial, criterional, definitive, textbook

See alsoorthodox


4. standard conforming to the established language usage of educated native speakers

SamplesStandard English.
Received standard English is sometimes called the King's English.


Similaracceptable, classical

Domain categorylinguistics


5. standard regularly and widely used or sold

SamplesA standard size.
A stock item.




English noun: standard

1. standard (communication) a basis for comparison; a reference point against which other things can be evaluated

SamplesThe schools comply with federal standards.
They set the measure for all subsequent work.

Synonymscriterion, measure, touchstone

Broader (hypernym)metric, system of measurement

Narrower (hyponym)baseline, benchmark, earned run average, ERA, gauge, GPA, grade point average, graduated table, medium of exchange, monetary system, norm, ordered series, procrustean bed, procrustean rule, procrustean standard, scale, scale of measurement, standard of measurement, yardstick

2. standard (cognition) the ideal in terms of which something can be judged

SamplesThey live by the standards of their community.


Broader (hypernym)ideal

Narrower (hyponym)control, control condition, design criteria

3. standard (quantity) a board measure = 1980 board feet

Broader (hypernym)capacity measure, capacity unit, cubage unit, cubature unit, cubic content unit, cubic measure, displacement unit, volume unit

4. standard (possession) the value behind the money in a monetary system

Synonymsmonetary standard

Broader (hypernym)value

Narrower (hyponym)bimetallism, gold standard, silver standard

5. standard (artifact) an upright pole or beam (especially one used as a support)

SamplesDistance was marked by standards every mile.
Lamps supported on standards provided illumination.

Broader (hypernym)post

6. standard (artifact) any distinctive flag


Broader (hypernym)flag

Narrower (hyponym)oriflamme

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