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Definition of "outsider" []

  • One who is excluded from a party, association, or set. (noun)
  • One who is isolated or detached from the activities or concerns of his or her own community. (noun)
  • A contestant given little chance of winning; a long shot. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "outsider" in a sentence
  • "While hired with a mandate to restore a sense of trust in police after several scandals, he never shook the label "outsider" and his relationship with the union was tense."
  • "Just as fixed-gear, indie rock aficionados usually balk at being categorized as hipsters, people in the outsider art world eschew the label outsider art."
  • "For the past 15 years, Margaret Wertheim has been collecting similar works by such hermit scientists, or what she calls "outsider physicists.""