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"outsider" in British English

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outsidernoun [C]

uk   /ˌaʊtˈsaɪ.dər/  us   /-dɚ/
  • outsider noun [C] (NOT MEMBER)

a ​person who is not ​involved with a ​particulargroup of ​people or ​organization or who does not ​live in a ​particularplace: Outsiders have a ​glamorizedidea of what it is like to ​work in ​Hollywood. a ​person who is not ​liked or ​accepted as a ​member of a ​particulargroup, ​organization, or ​society and who ​feels different from those ​people who are ​accepted as ​members: As a ​child he was very much an outsider, never ​participating in the ​games other ​childrenplayed.
  • outsider noun [C] (UNLIKELY WINNER)

a ​person or ​animal with only a ​slightchance of ​winning: A complete outsider ​won this year's ​award. The ​race was ​won by a rank outsider.
(Definition of outsider from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"outsider" in American English

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outsidernoun [C]

 us   /ˌɑʊtˈsɑɪ·dər/
  • outsider noun [C] (NOT PART OF SOMETHING)

a ​person who is not ​involved with a ​particulargroup of ​people or an ​organization, or who does not ​live in a ​particularplace: I moved here three ​years ago, but I still ​feel like an outsider.
(Definition of outsider from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"outsider" in Business English

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outsidernoun [C]

uk   us   /ˌaʊtˈsaɪdər/
WORKPLACE someone who is ​paid by a ​company or ​organization to do a particular ​job, but who is not a ​permanentemployee: In 2009, the ​companyhired an outsider with ​marketingexperience in an ​effort to ​revive its ​business.
someone who is not directly involved in a ​situation: To outsiders, it looked as if the ​company was doing well.
(Definition of outsider from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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