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1. One who carries a standard or banner, especially of a military unit.
2. An outstanding leader or representative of a movement, organization, or political party.
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1. (Military) an officer or man who carries a standard
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a leader of a cause or party
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014


1. an officer or soldier of an army or military unit who bears a standard.
2. the generally acknowledged leader of a movement, political party, or the like.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.standard-bearer - an outstanding leader of a political movement
pol, political leader, politico, politician - a person active in party politics
2.standard-bearer - the soldier who carries the standard of the unit in military parades or in battle
armed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine - the military forces of a nation; "their military is the largest in the region"; "the military machine is the same one we faced in 1991 but now it is weaker"
soldier - an enlisted man or woman who serves in an army; "the soldiers stood at attention"
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[ˈstændədˌbɛərəʳ] n (Mil) (fig) → portabandiera m/f
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995


(ˈstӕndəd) noun
1. something used as a basis of measurement. The kilogram is the international standard of weight.
2. a basis for judging quality, or a level of excellence aimed at, required or achieved. You can't judge an amateur artist's work by the same standards as you would judge that of a trained artist; high standards of behaviour; His performance did not reach the required standard.
3. a flag or carved figure etc fixed to a pole and carried eg at the front of an army going into battle.
(accepted as) normal or usual; The Post Office likes the public to use a standard size of envelope.
ˈstandardize, ˈstandardise verb
to make or keep (eg products) of one size, shape etc for the sake of convenience etc.
ˌstandardiˈzation, ˌstandardiˈsation noun
ˈstandard-bearer noun
a person who carries a standard or banner.
be up to / below standard
to (fail to) achieve the required standard. Her work is well up to standard.
standard of living
the level of comfort and welfare achieved in any particular society.
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Mr Mahama is seeking to be re-elected as flag bearer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) for the 2020 elections.
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flag bearer in Sunday's Closing Ceremonies for the Pyeongchang Olympics.