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

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The National Jack in the Box Franchisee Association, which represents owners of roughly 2,000 franchise restaurants, has called for new leadership, including the ouster of Chief Executive Lenny Comma. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Jack in the Box completes $1.3 billion refinancing," 9 July 2019 Eberhard, who is now the chairman of an electric vehicle battery startup called Tiveni, co-founded Tesla in 2003, but was fired from the startup in 2007 in an ouster led by Musk. CBS News, "Elon Musk: "Just deleted my Twitter account," says Tesla founder," 17 June 2019 Easterby is close with Caserio, played a role in Gaine's ouster and is close with Texans coach Bill O'Brien. Charlotte Carroll, SI.com, "Patriots Tipped Off About Potential Tampering by Timing of Texans’ GM Firing," 13 June 2019 The controversy over the WikiLeaks disclosures resulted in Wasserman Schultz’s ouster from the DNC. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "The first Democratic debate qualification rules — and controversies — explained," 12 June 2019 Most of the media didn’t like Pruitt’s dismantling of environmental regulations, so there was a sense of vindication in his ouster. Howard Kurtz, Fox News, "Behind the Hostility: How Trump and the media descended to mutual disgust," 23 July 2018 To this day, Ansin’s precise role in his ouster was never made clear to the general public. Jose Lambiet, miamiherald, "Ballet founder asks court for OK to include Edward Villella in memoir | Miami Herald," 16 May 2018 The crisis has diverted attention from the chronic economic crisis that had been a major factor in the protests that led to Mr. al-Bashir’s ouster in April. Declan Walsh, New York Times, "Bouncing Back From Crackdown, Protesters Surge Through Sudan’s Streets," 30 June 2019 When the protesters remained on the streets after al-Bashir’s ouster, however, the ruling generals cracked down heavily to disperse the protesters. Washington Post, "US envoy backs Sudan protesters, urges talks with military," 27 June 2019

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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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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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