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First published 1971 (SND Vol. VIII).

STANDART, n. Also -irt (Abd. 1914 J. Leatham Daavit 12); stannard (Sc. 1828 Wilson Noctes Amb. (1855) II. 166), stan'art, stannert. Sc. forms and usages of Eng. standard (Sc. 1712 R. Wodrow Analecta (M.C.) II. 61; Rnf. c.1850 Crawfurd MSS. (N.L.S.) S.136). [Gen.Sc. ′stɑndərt]

1. An upright timber, pole, post or the like (Sc. 1861 Stephens and Burn Farm Buildings 545). Now obsol. or dial. in Eng.; specif. a wall-post; a door-post (Sc. 1950 Scotsman (13 June) 3); a table-leg; the support of a reading desk.Sc. 1701 Burgh Rec. Gsw. (1908) 318:
There is a present necessity for a new nether milnestone, and the houps and standarts are insufficient.
Ags. 1712 A. Jervise Land of Lindsays (1882) 427:
Ane old chist and ane new on, with the standirts of a table.
Abd. 1731 Monymusk Papers (S.H.S.) 4:
A reading standart at one shilling six pence sterling.
Rnf. 1761 W. M. Metcalfe Lordship Paisley (1912) 20:
Old Lattern and Standart.
Gall. 1824 MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 889:
The “standards” of wood which support the old walls.
ne.Sc. 1914 G. Greig Folk-Song cxli.:
To be stannerts to the brig.

2. A tub on legs used esp. for containing salted meat, etc. Cf. Stand, n.2Ags. 1712 A. Jervise Land of Lindsays (1882) 426:
In the kitchen, a droping pan, a standirt.

3. Phrs.: (1) an auld standard, someone of long standing as a resident, tenant or the like. Also in Eng. dial.; (2) standard-bearer, the chief male personage at the Selkirk Common Riding who carries the burgh flag at the head of the cavalcade round the town's boundaries; (3) standard Habbie, see Habbie.(1) Wgt. 1878 “Saxon” Gall. Gossip 379:
He was the best landlord out, for he never put ony auld standard out of their farm.
(2) Slk. 1867 Trans. Hawick Arch. Soc. 23:
Several weeks before the important day the Town Council appoints the standard bearer of the town flag.
Slk. 1970 Scotsman (13 June) 9:
320 riders rode behind the Standard Bearer.

[O.Sc. standart, a banner, 1375, = 1., 1531. For -t see D, letter, and T, letter, and for the meanings see also Stander with which there may be some conflation.]

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"Standart n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 23 May 2022 <>



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