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Usage statistics for the noun standard:

spoken English29.57%written English70.43% imaginative writing11.66%informational writing88.34%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun standard:

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Definition of the noun standard

What does standard mean as a name of something?

Standard is one of the top 1000 most common nouns. It is used mostly in informational writing, being one of the top 1000 most common nouns in informational written English.

noun - plural: standards

  1. a basis for comparison; a reference point against which other things can be evaluated
  2. the ideal in terms of which something can be judged
    • example: they live by the standards of their community
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • synonym of standard: criterion
    • more generic word: ideal = the idea of something that is perfect
    • more specific terms:
      • control condition / control = a standard against which other conditions can be compared in a scientific experiment
      • design criteria = criteria that designers should meet in designing some system or device
  3. a board measure = 1980 board feet
  4. the value behind the money in a monetary system
    • lexical domain: Possessions - nouns denoting possession and transfer of possession
    • synonym of standard: monetary standard
    • more generic word: value = the quality (positive or negative) that renders something desirable or valuable
    • more specific terms:
      • gold standard = a monetary standard under which the basic unit of currency is defined by a stated quantity of gold
      • silver standard = a monetary standard under which the basic unit of currency is defined by a stated quantity of silver
      • bimetallism = a monetary standard under which the basic unit of currency is defined by stated amounts of two metals (usually gold and silver) with values set at a predetermined ratio
  5. an upright pole or beam (especially one used as a support)
    • examples: distance was marked by standards every mile | lamps supported on standards provided illumination
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic word: post = an upright consisting of a piece of timber or metal fixed firmly in an upright position
  6. any distinctive flag
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of standard: banner
    • more generic word: flag = emblem usually consisting of a rectangular piece of cloth of distinctive design
    • more specific word: oriflamme = a red or orange-red flag used as a standard by early French kings

Definition of the adjective standard

What does standard mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective - degrees: more standard / most standard

  1. conforming to or constituting a standard of measurement or value; or of the usual or regularized or accepted kind
  2. commonly used or supplied
    • examples: standard procedure | standard car equipment
    • similar: common
  3. established or well-known or widely recognized as a model of authority or excellence
  4. conforming to the established language usage of educated native speakers
  5. regularly and widely used or sold
    • example: a standard size
    • synonym of standard: stock
    • similar: regular

Alternative definition of the adjective standard


  1. Falling within an accepted range of size, amount, power, quality, etc.
  2. [context: of a tree or shrub] Growing on an erect stem of full height.
  3. Having recognized excellence or authority.
  4. Of a usable or serviceable grade or quality.
  5. [not comparable, of a motor vehicle] Having a manual transmission.
  6. As normally supplied (not optional).


  1. Standard is a village located in the southern part of the province of Alberta, Canada. It is situated within the County of Wheatland, approximately 80 kilometres east of the city of Calgary. The Canadian Pacific Railway tracks pass south of the village. The village was originally settled by Danish immigrants. Standard's economy is based on the surrounding farming community and the energy industry, with a number of oil and gas rigs in operation in the vicinity. Chief employers include Agrium Liquid Fertilizer, which operates a manufacturing plant, and the Husky Oil Plant.
  2. Standard a.k.a. Standard, California: Standard is an unincorporated community in Tuolumne County, California, United States that lies 4 miles east-southeast of Sonora. Its post office, opened in 1910, is assigned ZIP code 95373. Standard was established as a company town for the Standard Lumber Company.
  3. Standard a.k.a. Standard, Indiana: Standard is an unincorporated community in Curry Township, Sullivan County, Indiana. It is part of the Terre Haute Metropolitan Statistical Area.
  4. Standard a.k.a. Standard, West Virginia: Standard is an unincorporated community in Kanawha County, West Virginia, United States. The community is located on the West Virginia Turnpike north of the Fayette County line.

There are other places with in their name, like Jazz standard, Standard City, Standard gauge, American Standard, Central Standard Time and Pacific Standard Time.


  1. Standard a.k.a. The Standard are an American indie rock band from Portland, Oregon.
  2. Standard a.k.a. We Are Standard is a musical group.

There are other groups with in their name, like Hi Standard, Hi-Standard, Standard Fare, Idéal Standard, Ideal Standard, Standard Issue, Standard Roots, Men Of Standard, Standard Candle, British Standard, American Standard, Standard of living, Standard Quartette, Standard Publishing, The Season Standard, Lonesome Standard Time, Non Standard Institute, American Standard Orchestra.


  1. The Standard is an Indian brand of automobile which was produced by Standard Motor Products in Madras from 1949 to 1988. Indian Standards were variations of vehicles made in the U.K. by Standard-Triumph. Standard Motor Products of India Ltd. was incorporated in 1948, and their first product was the Vanguard, which began to be assembled in 1949. The company was dissolved in 2006 and the old plant torn down.
  2. The Standard was an American automobile manufactured in Butler, Pennsylvania from 1912 until 1923.
  3. Standard is a make of automobile produced by the Standard Engineering Company.
  4. Standard is a record label.


  1. Standard is a fictional character from the 2011 crime action drama film Drive.
  2. Standard is a fictional character from the 1981 film Ogo Bodhu Sundari.


  1. "STANDARD" is a musical album of Aska.
    • released on (6 years ago)
  2. "Standard" is a musical album by Krisztián Éder.
    • released in (7 years ago)
  3. "Standard" is a 1996 compilation album by Fumiya Fujii.
    • released on (19 years ago)
  4. "Standard" is a musical album of SP.
    • released on (7 years ago)
  5. "Standard" is a musical album of Francesco-C.
    • released in (15 years ago)
  6. "STANDARD" is a composition.
  7. "Standard" is a musical album of The Standards.


  1. Standard: Standards in the warez scene are defined by groups of people who have been involved in its activities for several years and have established connections to large groups. These people form a committee, which creates drafts for approval of the large groups. Outside the warez scene, often referred to as p2p, there are no global rules similar to the scene, although some groups and individuals could have their own internal guidelines they follow.
  2. Standard is the name of two different magazines published in France and in Serbia. The French quarterly culture and fashion magazine Standard is published in Paris since 2004. The Serbian weekly newsmagazine Standard was established in 2006 as a print magazine; its print edition was disestablished in 2009.
  3. Standard a.k.a. Standard Superior was an automobile, produced from 1933 to 1935 by Standard Fahrzeugfabrik of Ludwigsburg, Germany, founded by motorcycle maker Wilhelm Gutbrod and unrelated to the Standard Motor Company of England. These small cars were designed according to the patents by Josef Ganz and featured rear-mounted two-stroke engines.
  4. Standard a.k.a. Software standard: A software standard is a standard, protocol, or other common format of a document, file, or data transfer accepted and used by one or more software developers while working on one or more than one computer programs. Software standards enable interoperability between different programs created by different developers.
  5. The Standard was an Italian automobile manufactured from 1906 until 1908 by the Fabbrica Automobili Standard of Torino. The company produced a 10/14 hp four-cylinder which was sometimes marketed under the name FAS.
  6. Standard was a make of automobile produced by Standard Motor Company.
  7. The Standard was an American automobile manufactured between 1904 and around 1908. Successor to the US Long Distance, it was a 25hp four with wooden side-entrance bodywork. It sold for $3500.
  8. The Standard was a German automobile manufactured between 1911 and 1912. The car was produced at Berlin-Charlottenburg using a rotary valve engine built by Henriod, which was unreliable and had not been fully developed; consequently, it was very unpopular.
  9. Standard: This type of license fits the majority of software users.
  10. Standard: Regularly and widely used.

Phrases with Standard

Phrases starting with the word Standard:

  1. standard cell
  2. Standard Fare
  3. Standard Lamp
  4. standard time
  5. Standard error
  6. standard gauge
  7. Standard ruler
  8. standard candle
  9. Standard German

Phrases ending with the word Standard:

  1. Bog Standard
  2. Bog-Standard
  3. New Standard
  4. gold standard
  5. Half-Standard
  6. Time standard
  7. Up to Standard
  8. double standard
  9. Living Standard
  10. Men of Standard
  11. silver standard

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Google previewLaird & Lee's Webster's New Standard Dictionary of the English Language (1920)

by Noah Webster

The Standard Webster Pocket Dictionary For Stenographers, Business People and general use Awarded Gold Medal Lewis ôr3 Clark Centennial ...

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Quotes about Standard

I sometimes make pictures which are not up to my standard, but then it can only be said of a mediocrity that all his work is up to his standard. (Ernst Lubitsch)
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The value of this 8-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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