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adjective standard pronunciation in American English /ˈstændərd/
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  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. 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.

  3. 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.

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a type of hairstyle which has a long, thin strip of hair growing down the back of the neck

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