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 After a public callout on her page, Sparks said, the subject will sometimes go private or delete their various social media accounts. NBC News, "She called out health care misinfo on TikTok. Then, the trolls found her.," 1 May 2021 One of her earliest posts, in June 2016, was a callout. NBC News, "In a Pennsylvania town, a Facebook group fills the local news void," 5 Apr. 2021 But the callout isn’t new and was confirmed long ago. Los Angeles Times, "Ahem, TikTok! Real ‘Friends’ fans discovered Rachel’s viral ‘vocal tic’ long ago," 24 Feb. 2021 The 2020 Call of Duty League World Champion made another callout later in the match. Sean Collins, Dallas News, "Learning from ‘Shotzzy’, Vol. 2: There’s no time to waste for a high-kill Warzone match," 4 Nov. 2020 As a fun callout to Marvel lore, the Flag-Smashers' first stunt in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is robbing a Swiss bank. Nick Romano,, "The Falcon and the Winter Soldier," 19 Mar. 2021 Maybe doing a callout on social media to ask if people have certain fabrics. Sarah Mower, Vogue, "Priya Ahluwalia Is Presented With the Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design—Via Royal Webinar," 23 Feb. 2021 The op-ed was the culmination of months of the artist speaking out, from a TIDAL performance with a moment of silence for victims of police violence to a Saturday Night Live callout for protection of Black women and men. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Days of Change: Looking Back At Acts Who Made A Difference," 28 Jan. 2021 Hundreds of those people recently wrote to The Washington Post in response to a callout asking for their advice to Biden. Washington Post, "Readers write to Joe Biden ahead of the inauguration," 14 Jan. 2021

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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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“Callout.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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