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Topic: MUSIC

Date: 1100-1200
Language: Old French
Origin: estandard 'battle-flag'


1 noun
stan‧dard1 S3 W2

level of quality/achievement

[uncountable and countable] the level that is considered to be acceptable, or the level that someone or something has achievedCOLLOCATIONS COLLOCATIONS
high/good standard low/poor standard meet/reach/attain a standard set a standard raise/improve standards lower standards maintain standards (=keep them at a good level) standards fall/slip/go down/decline up to standard (=good enough) below standard (=not good enough) stringent/rigorous/tough standards (=strict standards) safety/environmental standards academic/educational standards living standards by modern/today's/our etc standards
standard of
The committee is assessing the standard of care in local hospitals.
parents who have very high standards
The rooms are of a good standard.
the low standard of housing
Students have to reach a certain standard or they won't pass.
The EU should set minimum standards of employee rights.
imaginative ideas for raising standards in schools
Standards are falling as the quality of applicants declines.
Safety measures failed to come up to standard.
These figures clearly show the difference in world living standards.
Many early child-rearing practices were cruel by modern standards.

moral principles


[plural] moral principles about what kind of behaviour or attitudes are acceptable:
the recent decline in moral standards
standards fall/slip/go down
Standards have slipped since I was a boy.


[countable] a fixed official rule for measuring weight, purity, value etc:
an official government standard for the purity of silver


[countable]APM a popular song that has been sung by many different singers:
popular jazz standards


[countable] old-fashionedD a flag used in ceremonies:
the royal standard
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