\ ˈbau̇t How to pronounce bout (audio) \

Definition of bout

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

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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 First Lady Melania Trump was scheduled to travel with President Trump to a campaign rally in Erie, Pennsylvania, Tuesday but is now staying home due to a lingering cough from her bout with COVID-19. Kathryn Watson, CBS News, "Melania Trump stays off campaign trail Tuesday, citing lingering cough," 20 Oct. 2020 Both Trump and Biden have been increasing their number of in-person campaign stops, with Trump holding several of his signature rallies since recovering from his bout of the coronavirus. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "'Waving a white flag': Biden hits back at Trump over Fauci 'disaster' comments," 19 Oct. 2020 President Donald Trump, who claims to be completely recovered from his bout with Covid-19, has lined up a series of rallies in swing states where his support has been eroded by his administration's mishandling of the coronavirus crisis. NBC News, "Rhode Island warns of Covid-19 'car pool clusters' as more commuters head back to the office," 13 Oct. 2020 Barrett was later reported to have recovered from her own bout with the virus earlier this summer. Rachel Leingang, The Arizona Republic, "As events shift, Arizonans search for answers — and questions — about Trump's diagnosis," 3 Oct. 2020 Frazier is fully recovered from his bout with COVID-19. National Geographic, "‘I put my camera to my face and cried.’ Documenting a COVID-19 hot spot," 1 Sep. 2020 The next large purchase is for several fencing strips, which are fields of play, where two competitors face-off against one another in a bout., "Community News For The Farmington Valley Edition," 8 Oct. 2020 First lady Melania Trump remained at the White House to recover from her own bout with the virus. The Associated Press,, "White House doctors: President Trump's blood oxygen level dropped twice recently," 4 Oct. 2020 First lady Melania Trump remained at the White House to recover from her own bout with the virus. Jonathan Lemire,, "White House doctor says Trump improving, but not ‘out of the woods’ yet; president hails state-of-the-art treatments," 4 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of bout

1575, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bout

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

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Last Updated

23 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Bout.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of bout

: a period of time during which someone suffers from something (such as an illness or disease)
: a short period of time during which something is done or happening
: a wrestling or boxing contest


\ ˈbau̇t How to pronounce bout (audio) \

Kids Definition of bout

1 : a contest of skill or strength a wrestling bout
2 : attack entry 2 sense 4, outbreak a bad bout of the flu

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