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"outsider" in British English

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outsidernoun [C]

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

a person who is not involved with a particular group of people or organization or who does not live in a particular place: Outsiders have a glamorized idea of what it is like to work in Hollywood.
a person who is not liked or accepted as a member of a particular group, 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 children played.
  • outsider noun [C] (UNLIKELY WINNER)

a person or animal with only a slight chance 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 particular group of people or an organization, or who does not live in a particular place: 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 permanent employee: In 2009, the company hired an outsider with marketing experience 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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