Definition of “outsider” - English Dictionary

“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 /ˌaʊtˈsaɪdər/ us

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)