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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Quillin’s last big outing was in the spring, when the Gary Sinise Foundation paid to fly him and his grandson, Welch, to New Orleans to visit The National World War II Museum. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Glenn Quillin: 1916-2019: Record-setting Carlsbad centenarian lived for adventure," 4 Sep. 2019 The program begins following news of conservation and outings. La Cañada Valley Sun, "La Cañada area events," 3 Sep. 2019 Expect another strong outing from the Spartans’ defense. Josh Bean | Jbean@al.com, al, "Birmingham HS picks: Can Hoover, Pleasant Grove and Hueytown stay undefeated?," 3 Sep. 2019 Since his free time was devoted to playing rugby with former college teammates, Hiroshi seldom joined my mother, brother, and me on family vacations or outings. Kyoko Mori, Longreads, "One Man’s Poison," 3 Sep. 2019 The Chiefs gave up 26 points a game last year, and still outscored the competition by nine points on average each outing. Keven Lerner, sun-sentinel.com, "Sun Sentinel staff predictions for the 2019 Miami Dolphins," 30 Aug. 2019 Clandestine engagements, outings and divorces — one granted, one refused — soon followed. William To, azcentral, "Love in the time of loss: ‘Shining Brow’ and the life of Frank Lloyd Wright," 30 Aug. 2019 The sun is setting on the season of warm weather and beach outings. Banu Ibrahim, CNN Underscored, "Labor Day 2019 sales have begun! Your A-Z guide to the best deals," 29 Aug. 2019 Alumni Weekend will start with the team’s ninth annual alumni golf outing at Westwood Country Club in Rocky River at 9 a.m. on Friday, September 6. Dan Labbe, cleveland.com, "Browns announce opening weekend alumni, NFL 100th anniversary events," 28 Aug. 2019

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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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to make a temporary encampment

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