Definition of outsider in English:


Syllabification: out·sid·er
Pronunciation: /ˌoutˈsīdər


  • 1A person who does not belong to a particular group.
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    • Before the invention of doctrine, you can distinguish outsiders because they belong to a tribe.
    • There were the popular kids and then there was me, the outsider who didn't belong to any of the categories that made up our school.
    • We are faced by an organisation of outsiders completely free from any emotion about how this may affect our community.
  • 1.1A person who is not accepted by or who is isolated from society.
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    • He presented himself as an honest and virtuous man, a spokesman for the outsiders in society.
    • It's a celebration of how strong all of us are to persist despite being occasionally seen as outsiders to society.
    • It would be very difficult for an outsider to be accepted.
  • 2A competitor, applicant, etc., thought to have little chance of success: he started as a rank outsider for the title
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    • I'd never have picked dog number 3, a rank outsider with little chance, but I put down my money with complete confidence.
    • Despite being rated as the rank outsider in the contest, Ms Shortall said she believes a large number of members are undecided.
    • Beem was a rank outsider to take the title at the start of the week but a final round of 68 gave him a one-shot victory over a charging Tiger Woods.

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