out·​ing ˈau̇-tiŋ How to pronounce outing (audio)
plural outings
: a brief usually outdoor pleasure trip
: an athletic competition or race
also : an appearance therein
: a usually public presentation or appearance (as in a particular role)
her first outing as a novelist
: the public disclosure of the covert sexual orientation or gender identity of a prominent person

Examples of outing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The King shared his cancer diagnosis on Monday and began treatment the same day King Charles has made his first public outing since beginning cancer treatment earlier this week. Escher Walcott, Peoplemag, 11 Feb. 2024 Indian filmmaker Siddharth Anand’s latest Hindi outing Fighter closed its second week with a total worldwide gross collection of $39.4 million. Sweta Kaushal, Forbes, 11 Feb. 2024 The group organized two other outings — a beach trip to Haifa and a dialogue session sponsored by the Canadian Embassy. Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times, 11 Feb. 2024 The right pair of hiking boots can make your trail outing last longer and feel better. Maggie Slepian, Travel + Leisure, 9 Feb. 2024 He’s played himself into a lucrative deal, registering a career-best 40-plus performances in consecutive outings. Roderick Boone, Charlotte Observer, 9 Feb. 2024 Egregiously, it was supposed to be a day of pampering for fun a girls’ day out—Gilliam had planned an outing to the nail salon with her nieces, sister, and daughter. Rayna Reid Rayford, Essence, 6 Feb. 2024 Try joining a local birding group for an outing, or go birding with at least one new person. Hari Kumar, New York Times, 2 Feb. 2024 Come back tomorrow for more of the latest A-list outings! Alexandra Schonfeld, Peoplemag, 30 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1821, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of outing was in 1821

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“Outing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outing. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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out·​ing ˈau̇t-iŋ How to pronounce outing (audio)
: a brief usually outdoor pleasure trip

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