Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

standard - definition and synonyms


What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.



The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

adjective standard pronunciation in American English /ˈstændərd/
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  1. 1
    generally used or accepted as normal
    It’s a standard reply that the company sends out to applicants.
    as standard: All the cars are equipped with air conditioning as standard.
    standard practice/procedure: It is standard practice for the school to inform the parents whenever a child is punished.
  2. 2
    generally accepted as correct
    the teaching of standard English
  3. 3
    [only before noun] a standard book or work is one that most people use because it is the most respected in a particular subject
    This condition is not mentioned in standard medical textbooks.
  4. 4
    [usually before noun] made or done according to a generally accepted set of rules, measurements, etc.
    The promotional pack was 20 percent bigger than the standard size.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

BuzzWord Article

Word of the Day


a stupid person

Open Dictionary


an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

add a word


A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog