oust·​er | \ ˈau̇-stər How to pronounce ouster (audio) \

Definition of ouster

1a : a wrongful dispossession
b : a judgment removing an officer or depriving a corporation of a franchise
2 : expulsion

Examples of ouster in a Sentence

The news reported the ouster of the dictator. the dictator's ouster by the rebels
Recent Examples on the Web He was said to have, at least in part, led to the ouster of film studio head Jonathan Glickman in early 2020, among other executives. Bloomberg Wire, Dallas News, 26 May 2021 While there are stark differences between California’s two gubernatorial recall elections — the 2003 campaign that led to the ouster of then-Gov. John Myers, Los Angeles Times, 24 May 2021 Those accusations, and San Jose State’s handling of them, sparked three lawsuits, a months-long Department of Justice investigation and criticism of university leadership, including calls for the ouster of Papazian and Tuite. Ron Kroichick, San Francisco Chronicle, 21 May 2021 The public statement from the Louisiana Republican was the first explicit call from GOP leadership for the ouster of Cheney from the party's No. 3 leadership job. BostonGlobe.com, 5 May 2021 The public statement from the Louisiana Republican was the first explicit call from GOP leadership for the ouster of Cheney from the party’s No. 3 leadership job. Lisa Mascaro, chicagotribune.com, 5 May 2021 Thousands massed at the grounds of all six clubs in the days following the Super League announcement, most calling for the ouster of the billionaire owners of each club. Washington Post, 27 Apr. 2021 Trump also has called for the ouster of McConnell’s deputy, Senate Minority Whip John Thune of South Dakota. David M. Drucker, Washington Examiner, 9 Apr. 2021 Google research manager Samy Bengio, who oversaw the company’s AI ethics group until a controversy led to the ouster of two female leaders, resigned on Tuesday to pursue other opportunities. Josh Eidelson, Fortune, 6 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of ouster

1531, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for ouster

Anglo-French, from oster, ouster to oust

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14 Jun 2021

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“Ouster.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ouster. Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of ouster

US : the act of removing someone or something from a position of power or authority


oust·​er | \ ˈau̇-stər How to pronounce ouster (audio) \

Kids Definition of ouster

: the act or an instance of forcing out or of being forced out


oust·​er | \ ˈau̇s-tər How to pronounce ouster (audio) \

Legal Definition of ouster

1 : wrongful dispossession especially of a cotenant
2 : a judgment removing a public officer or depriving a corporation of a public franchise

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