[ stan-derd ]SEE DEFINITION OF standard


At least they will be my standard of conduct in the path before me.

When one looked at him one felt that he was a standard by which other animals should be measured.

He measured your blindness and weakness by the standard of His own knowledge and almightiness.

You might say that a standard of morals is entirely a matter of opinion.

The only standard by which the majority of us appraise our work is man's.

Nine bodies of the enemy were left on the ground, and a standard was captured.

They rescued the people from barbarism, and uplifted the standard of the cross.

"He creates his own standard, you see," she replied, with a slight sigh.

In so far as they are disagreeable, they depart from the standard.

Know, friend, that I have come from Monmouth in order to conduct these men to his standard.


mid-12c., "flag or other conspicuous object to serve as a rallying point for a military force," from Old French estandart, probably from Frankish *standhard, literally "stand fast or firm," a compound of words similar to Gothic standan "to stand" (see stand) and hardus "hard" (see hard). So called because the flag was fixed to a pole or spear and stuck in the ground to stand upright.

The other theory connects the Old French word to estendre "to stretch out," from Latin extendere (see extend). Meaning "unit of measure" is early 14c., from Anglo-French, where it was used 13c., and is perhaps metaphoric, the royal standard coming to stand for royal authority in matters like setting weights and measures. Hence the meaning "authoritative or recognized exemplar of quality or correctness" (late 15c.).

Meaning "rule, principal or means of judgment" is from 1560s. That of "definite level of attainment" is attested from 1711 (e.g. standard of living, 1903). Some senses (e.g. "upright pole," mid-15c.) seem to be influenced by stand (v.). Standard-bearer in the figurative sense is from 1560s.


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