blow·​out | \ ˈblō-ˌau̇t How to pronounce blowout (audio) \

Definition of blowout

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a festive social affair
2 : a bursting of a container (such as a tire) by pressure of the contents on a weak spot
3 : an uncontrolled eruption of an oil or gas well
4 : an easy or one-sided victory
5 : a valley or depression created by the wind in areas of shifting sand or of light cultivated soil
6 : a hair style in which the hair is blow-dried while being styled with a round brush As discovered by one Twitter user, however, [Meghan] Markle isn't just the queen of a beautiful blowout. She has rocked natural curls in the past, which has the internet praising "curls in the royal palace."— Summer Arlexis

blow out

blew out; blown out; blowing out; blows out

Definition of blow out (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to extinguish by a gust
2 : to dissipate (itself) by blowing used of storms
3 : to defeat easily
4 : to damage severely she blew out her knee in the race

intransitive verb

1 : to become extinguished by a gust
2 : to erupt out of control used of an oil or gas well

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Examples of blowout in a Sentence

Noun The car crashed after one of its tires had a blowout. We had a big blowout to celebrate his promotion. The game was expected to be close but it turned out to be a blowout. Verb blew out a smoke ring and began to tell us a good yarn
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Auburn took care of business in blowout fashion for the second straight week, as expected. Tom Green |, al, 12 Sep. 2021 Mexico City's Festival de México in March is a cultural blowout celebrating national and global artists. Anne Olivia Bauso, Travel + Leisure, 12 Sep. 2021 Kentucky had won five consecutive games in the series, including a 29-7 blowout of the Tigers in 2019. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, 10 Sep. 2021 For J Lo, this took the form of a billowing blowout courtesy of longtime hairstylist Chris Appleton. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, 10 Sep. 2021 Nashville has long been a magnet for tourists as well as locals on New Year’s Eve, with a blowout free concert that used to take place on Lower Broadway and eventually moved to Bicentennial Mall Park, in front of the Tennessee state capitol. Chris Willman, Variety, 9 Sep. 2021 The annual free arts blowout returns for the first time since 2019. Deborah Martin, San Antonio Express-News, 8 Sep. 2021 The brand set about creating a better-for-your-hair blowout brush about two years ago. Dianna Mazzon, Allure, 8 Sep. 2021 From fashion marketing and social- influencer campaigns with Walt Disney to June Ambrose’s iconic 50th birthday blowout, Ibrahim’s agency is making space for underrepresented stories, voices and perspectives across the fashion industry. Essence, 6 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The forecast calls for smoke to blow into southwestern Utah on Friday night, and blow out on Saturday night. Scott D. Pierce, The Salt Lake Tribune, 6 Aug. 2021 Birthday parties, of course, often involve groups huddling in close quarters, perhaps to watch a child blow out candles on a cake. Margot Sanger-katz New York Times, Star Tribune, 10 July 2021 Jackson led all scorers with a season-high 31 points and knocked down four of his seven 3-point attempts to help the Pistons blow out the Wizards at Little Caesars Arena, 120-91. Omari Sankofa Ii, Detroit Free Press, 2 Apr. 2021 At the end of the play, Tom tells Laura to blow out her candles. Marc Malkin, Variety, 24 Aug. 2021 The only thing holding me back is the time and effort needed to blow out my natural hair for the appointment. Nadia Ebrahim,, 7 July 2021 Streater’s roommate bought the Dust-Off to blow out dust and dirt from the truck’s air conditioning vents, speakers and other parts of the cab, the attorney said. Marc Freeman,, 27 June 2021 Before a blow out, towel drying is necessary to remove water. Bianca Salonga, Forbes, 7 July 2021 But take off your party hat and blow out the candles. Fox News, 7 June 2021

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First Known Use of blowout


1822, in the meaning defined at sense 1


14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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“Blowout.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of blowout

: a sudden loss of air caused by a hole or cut in a tire
: a large and informal social gathering : a big party
: an easy victory : a game or contest in which the winner defeats the loser by a large amount

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