lock·​out | \ ˈläk-ˌau̇t How to pronounce lockout (audio) \

Definition of lockout

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the withholding of employment by an employer and the whole or partial closing of the business establishment in order to gain concessions from or resist demands of employees

lock out

locked out; locking out; locks out

Definition of lock out (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to subject (a body of employees) to a lockout

Examples of lockout in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun However, with labor strife hitting the league and a lockout coming, Snyder found himself in a tenuous position. Eric Walden, The Salt Lake Tribune, 28 May 2021 The front Zoom Forgo fork has 80mm of bounce, simple preload control and a quick lockout feature for an even firmer ride. Bill Roberson, Forbes, 25 May 2021 Trump and his lackeys are whining about Facebook’s lockout. San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 May 2021 Shows blocking potential with a strong lockout and powerful hands. USA TODAY, 28 Apr. 2021 Strong lockout game in pass protection against bull rushers. USA TODAY, 27 Apr. 2021 And the middle school was placed on lockout out of precaution until the suspect was apprehended. Kristen Griffith, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, 10 May 2021 Schools in the West Hempstead district were placed on lockout after administrators were told there was police activity in the area. NBC News, 20 Apr. 2021 Smith mentored rookie quarterback Colin Kaepernick during the lockout. Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, 19 Apr. 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'lockout.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of lockout


1853, in the meaning defined above


1853, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About lockout

Time Traveler for lockout

Time Traveler

The first known use of lockout was in 1853

See more words from the same year

Statistics for lockout

Last Updated

7 Jun 2021

Cite this Entry

“Lockout.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lockout. Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for lockout



English Language Learners Definition of lockout

: a situation in which an employer tries to force workers to accept certain conditions by refusing to let them come to work until those conditions are accepted


lock·​out | \ ˈläk-ˌau̇t How to pronounce lockout (audio) \

Legal Definition of lockout

: the withholding of employment by an employer in order to gain concessions from or resist demands of employees

More from Merriam-Webster on lockout

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for lockout

Nglish: Translation of lockout for Spanish Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about lockout


Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Thing: Dog Breeds

True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!