out·​ing | \ ˈau̇-tiŋ How to pronounce outing (audio) \

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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The outing was a family affair, as Cooper and Shayk's daughter, Lea de Seine, and the actor's mother, Gloria Campano, were also reportedly in tow. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk Make a Rare Appearance in NYC," 20 Mar. 2019 For the casual outing, the Duchess of Sussex re-wore an old J.Crew coat from 2016. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Wore a Men's J.Crew Coat on the Royal Tour of Morocco," 26 Feb. 2019 This time, her hair was swept into a sleek chignon for the less formal outing. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Serena Williams and Meghan Markle Have a BFF Beauty Moment, Even Across the Pond," 31 Jan. 2019 For the pizza outing, Ari chose to wear her hair split into two space buns. Lauren Rearick, Allure, "Ariana Grande Wears Space Buns on Date With Pete Davidson," 30 Aug. 2018 Over the last four outings, Straily has a 3.20 ERA and a 1.066 WHIP. Matthew Defranks, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Marlins beat Brewers in 12 innings in front of record-low crowd," 12 July 2018 Rangers Reaction: How the rotation could become even more jumbled by Aug. 1 The shortest outing of his career wasn’t all his fault. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "How Hamels’ start on Friday could impact chances of a trade from Rangers," 12 July 2018 Descalso turned in the longest outing by a true position player since St. Louis Cardinals infielder Jose Oquendo went four innings against the Atlanta Braves on May 14, 1988. Nick Piecoro, azcentral, "Shelby Miller hurt again as Diamondbacks are trounced," 11 July 2018 Blouin hopes to keep each of the outings for her members under $50. Lizzie Stokes, San Antonio Express-News, "New San Antonio group leads members on women-only adventures," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of outing

1821, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of outing was in 1821

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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 How to pronounce outing (audio) \

Kids Definition of outing

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

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