oust·​er ˈau̇-stər How to pronounce ouster (audio)
: a wrongful dispossession
: a judgment removing an officer or depriving a corporation of a franchise

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 The candidates also disagreed on a new effort to diversify the city’s neighborhood planning groups with more young people and renters, which could lead to the ouster of the Uptown Planning Group that now represents Hillcrest and nearby areas. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Feb. 2024 The fallout from the ouster in 2022 of Mr. Khan, a populist leader who pitched himself as an alternative to the country’s entrenched political dynasties, torpedoed that uneasy status quo. Christina Goldbaum, New York Times, 21 Feb. 2024 The irony is that in the dispute that precipitated her ouster, Gay was right and Stefanik was wrong. Yair Rosenberg, The Atlantic, 5 Feb. 2024 Secretary of State Hillary Clinton effused that Gaddafi’s ouster and death marked smart diplomacy at its best. Armstrong Williams, Baltimore Sun, 2 Feb. 2024 Khan and members of the PTI party have been subjected to a widespread crackdown following his ouster from office in a no-confidence vote in April 2022, with some saying they were intimidated into silence, and others arrested on various charges or banned from leaving the country. Sophia Saifi, CNN, 1 Feb. 2024 At least five members of a rogue security brigade seeking the ouster of Haiti’s prime minister died Wednesday in an exchange of gunfire with police, who spent a third day beating back violent protests across the country. Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald, 8 Feb. 2024 The potential ouster of the general already has caused an uproar in Ukraine and delighted the Kremlin as the war approaches its second anniversary. Compiled Bydemocrat-Gazette Stafffrom Wire Reports, arkansasonline.com, 6 Feb. 2024 The case led to the ouster of some of the sport’s longest-serving leaders, tearing down empires and creating room for fresh faces. Tariq Panja, New York Times, 3 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History


Anglo-French, from oster, ouster to oust

First Known Use

1531, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of ouster was in 1531

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“Ouster.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ouster. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


oust·​er ˈau̇s-tər How to pronounce ouster (audio)
: the act or an instance of ousting or being ousted

Legal Definition


oust·​er ˈau̇s-tər How to pronounce ouster (audio)
: wrongful dispossession especially of a cotenant
: a judgment removing a public officer or depriving a corporation of a public franchise

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