out·​ing | \ ˈau̇-tiŋ \

Definition of outing

1 : a brief usually outdoor pleasure trip
2 : an athletic competition or race also : an appearance therein
3 : a usually public presentation or appearance (as in a particular role) her first outing as a novelist
4 : the public disclosure of the covert homosexuality of a prominent person especially by homosexual activists

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Editor’s note: Foul weather, a group leader’s illness, insufficient sign-ups — many situations can cancel or cause schedule changes for events and outings. Madeline Mckenzie, The Seattle Times, "Community calendar: Swedish pancake breakfast, Puyallup Home & Garden Show, ice-skating," 2 Jan. 2019 The real hero of this outing, however, was not Witherspoon or Dern. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern Went Christmas Shopping Together in Coordinating Outfits in LA," 23 Dec. 2018 Pippa Middleton was spotted today on another sweet outing with her baby boy, who is turning one month old tomorrow. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Pippa Middleton Took a Walk with Her Baby Boy in a Stylish Blue Coat," 14 Nov. 2018 Guests bought exciting outings, art, dinners, services and more, all generously donated by local businesses. Sara Ervin Walser, Laurel Leader, "Montpelier shindig raises repair money [South Laurel]," 12 July 2018 For cocktail summer outings, tuck in a rock tee by Madeworn and pair with clean kicks to create a modern and timely fashion look. SFChronicle.com, "25 ways to chase your perfect Bay Area summer," 11 July 2018 His main outings are trips to the VA hospital in Salt Lake City for cortisone shots in his sore shoulders and checkups for emphysema and diabetes. Paul Overberg, WSJ, "The Loneliest Generation: Americans, More Than Ever, Are Aging Alone," 11 Dec. 2018 After having a Duchesses outing with Meghan Markle at Wimbledon yesterday, where the two wore coordinated summery ensembles, Kate Middleton returned to the tennis tournament once again today, this time with husband Prince William. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Kate Middleton Chooses Summery Dolce & Gabbana For Day Two of Wimbledon," 15 July 2018 Another eight, including Gray's game score of 76 on Wednesday, had their second-best outing against them. Jon Meoli, baltimoresun.com, "The Orioles keep making opposing starters — even struggling Sonny Gray — look good," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of outing

1821, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of outing

: a brief trip that people take for fun usually as a group

: a time when an athlete (such as a baseball pitcher) competes in a game or contest

: an act of telling the public that a person is homosexual when that person does not want the public to know


out·​ing | \ ˈau̇-tiŋ \

Kids Definition of outing

: a brief usually outdoor trip for pleasure We went on an outing to the beach.

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