back-or·​der | \ ˈbak-ˌȯr-dər How to pronounce back-order (audio) \
back-ordered; back-ordering; back-orders

Definition of back-order

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to assign to the status of back order

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Definition of back order (Entry 2 of 2)

: a business order yet to be fulfilled because stock is unavailable

Examples of back-order in a Sentence

Noun The book I want to buy is a back order and won't be shipped for three weeks. The book I want to buy is on back order and won't be shipped for three weeks.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The city opened the bridge last year, and was supposed to put the sealant on at that time, but the material has been on back order. Steve Lord,, 1 Apr. 2022 Not surprisingly, the non-toy version was well beyond my household budget, and — less surprisingly, still — months on back order. Marci Vogel, Los Angeles Times, 22 Jan. 2022 These gifts won’t clutter closets and won’t be on back order. Marni Jameson,, 26 Nov. 2021 Stores are sold out, websites are on back order and prices are stubbornly high. Washington Post, 24 Nov. 2021 When a piece of equipment broke, Slowinski tried to buy a new one, only to find that a replacement was on back order with no delivery date. NBC News, 10 Nov. 2021 Avoid anything on back order or coming from another country. Marni Jameson,, 26 Nov. 2021 Shipping logjams are seemingly putting everything on back order., 9 Oct. 2021 Perfect Hoodie appears on the Gap website to be either sold out or on back order. Khristopher J. Brooks, CBS News, 30 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of back-order


1901, in the meaning defined above


1887, in the meaning defined above

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“Back-order.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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