from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One who carries a standard or banner, especially of a military unit.
- n. An outstanding leader or representative of a movement, organization, or political party.
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- n. A person who carries a flag or banner (a standard).
- n. A person who visibly leads.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An officer or soldier of an army, company, or troop who bears a standard: used loosely and rhetorically: as, the standard-bearer of a political party.
- n. An African caprimulgine bird of either of the genera Macrodipteryx and Cosmetornis; a pennant-winged goatsucker.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an outstanding leader of a political movement
- n. the soldier who carries the standard of the unit in military parades or in battle
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The French novelist and bad-boy standard-bearer of political incorrectness Michel Houellebecq is no stranger to artistic self-promotion.
In 1964, Republicans had to choose between Mr. Goldwater, standard-bearer for the party's hard-core conservative base, or a handful of more moderates such as Henry Cabot Lodge, William Scranton and Nelson Rockefeller.
But France is probably not a great standard-bearer, unless you think their sins since Louis XIV (or for that matter Philippe Le Bel) have been somehow purged by a decade or two of government by limp-wristed Socialists.
Or even leaving aside that; image if he was already known to be a morally soft and somewhat aesthetic fellow, and a reasonable rather than mean chap, before this was found out, instead of the standard-bearer of the Moral Crusade; people might not have been snickering so much about his grotesque hypocrisy because there would have been no hypocrisy to snicker about, just human weakness. spokeytown Says:
So after two years of conservative ascendancy, the most likely Republican standard-bearer will be Romney: the man the party rejected four years ago for being too moderate and insufficiently authentic.
He is the gatherer of intelligence, the enforcer of the law, the investigator of the crime and the standard-bearer of the authority of the state, all rolled into one.
Dewey had been the GOP standard-bearer in 1944, and did far better than any Republican who opposed FDR in four tries.
GOLDMAN: There's no talk about that at this point, but I think what the NFL sees, Liane, is that it's the standard-bearer.
He is a great presence to have in the dressing room and for me, he is a standard-bearer for the entire world of football.
A cornerstone of the policy was getting people out of institutional settings and Williams was its ardent standard-bearer.