from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun One who carries a standard or banner, especially of a military unit.
- noun An outstanding leader or representative of a movement, organization, or political party.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun 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.
- noun An African caprimulgine bird of either of the genera Macrodipteryx and Cosmetornis; a pennant-winged goatsucker.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun A person who carries a
flagor banner(a standard).
- noun A person who visibly leads.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun an outstanding leader of a political movement
- noun the soldier who carries the standard of the unit in military parades or in battle
Sorry, no etymologies found.
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.
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.
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 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.
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:
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.
The French novelist and bad-boy standard-bearer of political incorrectness Michel Houellebecq is no stranger to artistic self-promotion.
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.
Dewey had been the GOP standard-bearer in 1944, and did far better than any Republican who opposed FDR in four tries.