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

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Please help our reporting by filling in our callout or emailing the reporters at Li Zhou, Vox, "New mothers are dying in the US at rates higher than any other developed country.," 26 June 2019 Many of the Anchor releases from this period have clear precedents in the contemporary craft-beer world: a series of fruited beers (Meyer lemon lager, blood orange blonde, mango wheat), a callout to 21st Amendment’s Hell or High Watermelon. San Francisco Chronicle, "Is San Francisco's Anchor Brewing having an identity crisis?," 3 Jan. 2015 More shocking even than Spector's public callout of the rapper was the latter's fairly rapid apology. Vogue, "Does Kanye West's Apology For Texting During The Cher Show Mean He's Turning Over a New Leaf?," 4 Dec. 2018 Lucasfilm has also done some work tying various other properties into Rogue One — the animated show Star Wars Rebels led up to the film, and the film had some callouts to the show. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Disney announces a second live-action Star Wars show," 8 Nov. 2018 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

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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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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