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

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 sexual orientation or gender identity of a prominent person

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Examples of outing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Pack a picnic lunch for your next outing and head east. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Do you miss travel? Here are 5 single-day outdoor excursions within an hour of Louisville," 3 July 2020 Events over the Classic weekend include a battle of the bands, campus tailgate, marching-band appearances, golf outing and more. Marc Bona, cleveland, "2020 Black College Football Hall of Fame Classic canceled," 2 July 2020 Gamsu and NotE can give that to the Fuel with a commanding outing. Sean Collins, Dallas News, "Preview, prediction and player to watch: Dallas Fuel need to do what it takes to defeat Toronto," 26 June 2020 The couple, who married in March 2011, held hands and Witherspoon, 44, donned a mask and wide brim hat for their casual outing. Dana Rose Falcone, PEOPLE.com, "Reese Witherspoon and Husband Jim Toth Hold Hands on Walk Together in L.A.," 25 June 2020 As the week began, EquuSearch volunteers looked in specific areas, starting Sunday and Monday by the Leon River south of Temple, their fifth outing in a 25-mile radius of Fort Hood. Sig Christenson, ExpressNews.com, "Volunteer searchers check Central Texas fields and woods, looking for signs of missing GI," 24 June 2020 In his first outing as the full-time pilot of the No. 43, Wallace finished second in the 2018 Daytona 500. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "Who is Bubba Wallace? 5 things to know about the NASCAR driver," 22 June 2020 Even with a less impressive outing in season 14, she is still considered one of the best to ever play the game. Dalton Ross, EW.com, "Our Big Brother: All-Stars 2 dream cast," 11 June 2020 That didn’t prevent six horses from going off with shorter odds in the Grade 1 Louisiana Derby, in which Modernist finished third in his most recent outing on March 21. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "Belmont Stakes 2020: Meet the contenders and watch them run," 15 June 2020

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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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6 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Outing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outing. Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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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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