out·​ro ˈau̇-(ˌ)trō How to pronounce outro (audio)
plural outros
: a short, distinct closing section at the end of something (such as a piece of music, a performance, or a news report)
My favorite part is the sax outro; it reminds me of something from the '70s I can't place.Ryan Adams
The film ends with a colossal but semi-serious bang, an extravagant visual flourish and a cheeky musical outro over the closing credits to leave you laughing in spite of yourself …Peter Bradshaw
When a story comes in from a Bay News 9 reporter, Ruechel will simply record his intro, main segment and outro.Jay Handelman

Examples of outro in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Trivia note 2: Former Chicago singer Peter Cetera sings backup on the bridge and outro. Melissa Ruggieri, USA TODAY, 9 May 2024 My phone is always bleating with its outro sound effect. New York Times, 19 Apr. 2024 Naturally, her exit came with a dose of high drama: fans sobbing, fireworks bursting, and a ragtime-esque outro from a live jazz band. Tomás Mier, Rolling Stone, 20 Apr. 2024 Well, the new Vampire Weekend, like all Vampire Weekend albums, is terrific and this song is one of my early favorites (stay for the 20-second outro). Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times, 10 Apr. 2024 One big difference between Stable Audio 2.0 and its earlier iteration is the ability to create songs that sound like songs, complete with an intro, progression, and an outro, says Stability AI. Emilia David, The Verge, 3 Apr. 2024 Specifically, the singer changed the song's outro in such a way that implied Larkin got married to someone else before his relationship to Del Rey was officially over. Lauren Huff, EW.com, 11 July 2023 The lyrical battle between her own pride and her desire for connection and yearning to be wanted and desired come to a head in the lush instrumental break that simultaneously serves as the song’s bridge and outro — talk about a stunner. Kyle Denis, Billboard, 20 Feb. 2024 After struggling through a years-long saga regarding his immigration status, Savage uses bits and pieces of his trials and tribulations to set the table for american dream, including getting his mother to speak on their journey to America in the album’s intro and outro. Carl Lamarre, Billboard, 22 Jan. 2024

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Word History


blend of out entry 1 and intro

First Known Use

1967, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of outro was in 1967

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“Outro.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outro. Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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