call·​out | \ˈkȯl-ˌau̇t \

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

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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.

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Each shoe in the MVP Collection features a blue and gold color palette inspired by the seal of the City of Compton, where James grew up, with MVP callouts to honor No. Demetrio Teniente, Houston Chronicle, "With adidas James Harden has plenty of room to create," 4 July 2018 The callouts can go pretty far down the rabbit hole — in fact, the further the better. Stephen Carter,, "Reboot ‘The West Wing’? Here are some suggestions," 4 May 2018 For those unfamiliar with the term, an Easter egg is a callout to another bit of popular culture that exists mainly to allow pop-culture geeks to pat themselves on the back for noticing it. Stephen Carter,, "Reboot ‘The West Wing’? Here are some suggestions," 4 May 2018 Instead, those in positions of power, and those who support them, chose to focus on one woman highlighting the job performance of another woman, using a comedic callout to her choice in eye makeup to do so. Danielle Campoamor, Teen Vogue, "Michelle Wolf’s WHCD Jokes Sparked Backlash After Being Too Real," 30 Apr. 2018 There are also more than a few callouts remarking on Sunshine's resemblance to Ivanka Trump. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Former Disney Star Caroline Sunshine Just Joined the Trump Administration," 28 Mar. 2018 The Inns of Aurora have quickly become upstate hot spots, getting callouts in Condé Nast Traveler, Architectural Digest, on this site, and even in international publications like The Telegraph. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Aurora, New York: Brought to You by American Girl," 1 Apr. 2018 In fact, Drake may be slyly addressing a seven-year-old callout by 2 Live Crew’s Uncle Luke against rappers who exploit Miami’s glam and ignore its average resident. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Drake and the Strange Spectacle of Charity," 22 Feb. 2018 Police responded with a SWAT callout when Thomas refused to cooperate. Mike Carter, The Seattle Times, "Lakewood City Council approves allocation of $6.5M in punitive damages in police killing of unarmed black man in Fife," 6 Feb. 2018

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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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