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 Additionally, some viewers may use a name that’s different from their legal name — in which case, an incorrect video callout can be jarring. Matthew Lopes, Forbes, 7 May 2021 Only Natalie could turn a birthday sushi dinner into a callout over nude photos. Ashley Ray-harris, Vulture, 3 May 2021 After a public callout on her page, Sparks said, the subject will sometimes go private or delete their various social media accounts. NBC News, 1 May 2021 One of her earliest posts, in June 2016, was a callout. NBC News, 5 Apr. 2021 But the callout isn’t new and was confirmed long ago. Los Angeles Times, 24 Feb. 2021 The 2020 Call of Duty League World Champion made another callout later in the match. Sean Collins, Dallas News, 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,, 19 Mar. 2021 Maybe doing a callout on social media to ask if people have certain fabrics. Sarah Mower, Vogue, 23 Feb. 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 23 Jul. 2021.

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