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 But even this detour into callout culture can be seen in a positive light. James Edward Mills, Outside Online, 18 June 2019 The main callout for this one is its telescopic handle – some testers gave it low scores for comfort and sturdiness. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, 24 June 2022 For Diana Granados, 29, the quest began with a callout on a popular Instagram page for new parents. Sonja Sharpstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 19 May 2022 What came to be dubbed #Swedengate started with an innocent callout on a Reddit board. Emily Heil, Washington Post, 4 June 2022 But his pole-dancing descent to Hell didn’t sit well with all audiences, and the biblical references strewn throughout the video — as a callout of the religious suppression of LGBTQ identities — drew heavy backlash from Christian communities. Angela Yang, NBC News, 1 June 2022 The submissions this year were in response to the event’s callout for new voices. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 10 May 2022 Shortly after posting the callout, two Indigenous men named Shane Weeks and Wayne Duncan were able to source and deliver a feather to New York City, where the Indigenous actor and filmmaker Ginew Benton then presented them to Chasinghorse. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 3 May 2022 The cast of the 2022 season of My Kitchen Rules is yet to be announced after Channel 7 did a casting callout in January, asking home cooks to apply for the show. Alicia Vrajlal,, 26 Apr. 2022 See More

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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 13 Aug. 2022.

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