: a spell or period of activity: such as
: an athletic match (as of boxing)
lost his bout with the champion
: outbreak, attack
a bout of pneumonia
frequent bouts of depression
survived her bout with cancer
: session
a drinking bout
a bout of unemployment

Examples of bout in a Sentence

undoubtedly the team's best wrestler, he hasn't lost a bout yet she's currently suffering from a bout of the flu
Recent Examples on the Web Remember how that strange bout of rain at the beginning of May forced a couple of events to postpone? Sal Pizarro, The Mercury News, 1 June 2024 Image In recent days, another bout of heavy rain set off a commotion at the shelter. Jorge C. Carrasco, New York Times, 30 May 2024 Nonetheless, Tyson’s heavyweight bout against Paul will apparently proceed as scheduled on July 20. Chuck Schilken, Los Angeles Times, 28 May 2024 The virus also contributed to two bouts with abscesses, which required doctors to slice the roof of his mouth to drain excess liquid. Edward Lee, Baltimore Sun, 17 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for bout 

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Word History


English dialect, a trip going and returning in plowing, from Middle English bought bend

First Known Use

1575, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bout was in 1575

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Cite this Entry

“Bout.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bout. Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a spell of activity
nonstop bout of reading
: an athletic match
wrestling bout
: attack entry 2 sense 3
a bout of measles

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