call·​out | \ ˈkȯl-ˌau̇t How to pronounce callout (audio) \

Definition of callout

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the act or an instance of calling out
2 : an often bordered inset in a printed article or illustration that usually includes a key excerpt or detail

call out

called out; calling out; calls out

Definition of call out (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to summon into action call out troops
2 : to challenge to a duel
3 : to order on strike call out the workers
4 : to publicly criticize or fault (someone) The FDA will have to start forcing companies to be transparent and call them out on it when they're not.— Massimo Calabresi et al.

Examples of callout in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun George Clooney issued a perfect callout to Donald Trump while also giving money to an amazing organization in honor of Juneteenth. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "George Clooney Drags Donald Trump While Donating $500K in Honor of Juneteenth," 21 June 2020 The callout among the corporations has grown not just nationwide but also globally. Jamila Stewart, Essence, "A Look Inside The Black Designers Of Canada Initiative," 2 July 2020 And the only callouts to Aston Martin Racing are hidden on its doorsills. Scott Oldham, Car and Driver, "2020 Aston Martin DB11 AMR Answers to a Higher Power," 20 May 2020 Whole Foods employees, according to an Amazon spokesperson, will have unlimited callouts until May 17th. Whizy Kim,, "What You Need To Know About The May Day General Strike," 1 May 2020 McGuffey Healthcare in Gadsden, Westside Terrace Healthcare in Dothan and Capitol Hill Healthcare in Montgomery are a few of the nursing homes that have made callouts on social media for people to send letters or electronic cards. al, "'This letter will cheer you up’: Alabama students write nursing home residents notes of encouragement," 20 Mar. 2020 This is a callout for kids’ opinions on anything in the sports world. Doug Lesmerises, cleveland, "Turn your child into a sports columnist -- kids, send hot takes on the Browns, Buckeyes, Indians and Cavs," 31 Mar. 2020 One recognized their expeditious callouts, which allowed the collective merriment to get under way with welcome dispatch. al, "Masked Observer triples down with LaShe’s, Fellows, Stripers," 26 Feb. 2020 Please continue to monitor our Shepherd ISD website, Facebook page, and our callout system. David Taylor, Houston Chronicle, "Liberty County school districts cancel class to thwart coronavirus," 14 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of callout


1887, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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8 Aug 2020

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“Callout.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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