sell·​out | \ˈsel-ˌau̇t \

Definition of sellout 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the act or an instance of selling out

2 : something sold out especially : something (such as a concert or contest) for which all tickets are sold

3 : one who sells out

sell out


Definition of sell out (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to sell the goods of (a debtor) in order to satisfy creditors

2 : to sell security or commodity holdings of usually to satisfy an uncovered margin

3a : to sell all the available tickets for sold out the concert

b : to sell all of the merchandise was quickly sold out

intransitive verb

1 : to dispose of one's goods by sale especially : to sell one's business

2 : to betray one's cause or associates especially for personal gain

3 : to be or achieve a sellout

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Examples of sellout in a Sentence


The concert was a sellout. The union sees the deal as a sellout. Angry fans called him a sellout when he started appearing in television commercials.


the band sold out its faithful followers, abandoning its edgy style for a more commercial sound
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Friday: Before the seventh BB&T Ballpark sellout of the season (10,589), the Knights lost 12-2 to Durham. Steve Lyttle, charlotteobserver, "Knights announce added fireworks, then provide some in ninth inning on Sunday | Charlotte Observer," 13 May 2018 Now, there were other games that generated big numbers for games in Austin and College Station, but the trend is the trend: These large palaces for football that so many universities built are now too big to sellout, unless the game is premier. Mac Engel, star-telegram, "TCU selling fans beer while locking the door behind them | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 30 Apr. 2018 The team had to suddenly prepare for a mid-week sellout (from tickets to concessions), and the team immediately reached out to Majestic in Pennsylvania to start manufacturing Sabathia jerseys. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Thirteen things you may have forgotten about Milwaukee's acquisition of CC Sabathia 10 years ago," 6 July 2018 The war, from my perspective, was some kind of stubborn mistake Johnson made or a sellout to the Pentagon. Michael Carey, Anchorage Daily News, "Memories of ’68 reverberate 50 years on," 23 Jan. 2018 Depending on one’s point of view, this was either a sellout to Wall Street by a president who had railed against Goldman during the campaign, or a welcome check on some of Mr. Trump’s more radical tendencies. James B. Stewart, New York Times, "One Goldman Takeover That Failed: The Trump White House," 18 Jan. 2018 During the regular season, the NBA set a new all-time record for total attendance at 22,124,559 and sellouts at 741. Jenna West,, "Report: Game 1 of the NBA Finals Is Not Sold Out," 31 May 2018 None of these seismic changes seemed more baffling than last spring’s abrupt sellout of the Persian Gulf state of Qatar — a longtime ally where the U.S. Air Force Central Command and its 10,000 American troops are now based. Will Bunch,, "How the Trump family sold U.S. foreign policy to the highest bidder | Will Bunch," 20 May 2018 The Knights had their sixth sellout of the season – a crowd of 10,702 for a late-morning game. Steve Lyttle, charlotteobserver, "‘Very classy.’ … Charlotte Knights rank No. 1 in something all their fans can enjoy. | Charlotte Observer," 6 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Meredith Corporation inked a deal with the Gaineses in 2016 to publish the Magnolia Journal, and the magazine has been a runaway hit, selling out and going into additional print runs. Laura Fenton, Curbed, "How the ‘modern farmhouse’ look took over," 21 Nov. 2018 The capsule was created in collaboration with model Ali Tate Cutler and quickly sold out. Ana Colón, Glamour, "Reformation's Cult-Favorite Jeans Will Now Be Available in Sizes 0 Through 24," 12 Nov. 2018 The two-bedroom units start around $4 million and are nearly sold out, according to the club. Candace Jackson, WSJ, "A Secluded Ski Destination Gets a Luxury Home Lift," 1 Nov. 2018 Amazon offered $150 off the iRobot Roomba 850 as one of its Deals of the Day this morning and the machine that normally costs $500 sold out within hours. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "iRobot’s Roomba Robotic Vacuum Is More Than $75 Off on Amazon Today," 16 Aug. 2018 The shirt is from Target, but unfortunately, it's sold out. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Selena Gomez's Cute AF Top Can Be Yours for $15," 2 Aug. 2018 If EVGA’s FTW2 isn’t your speed or this deal sells out, then check out Newegg’s sale on a Gigabyte GTX 1080 for $450. Ian Paul, PCWorld, "The EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 FTW2 with radical iCX cooling tech is $130 off at B&H," 2 Aug. 2018 Binghamton came to Hartford for three games in May, and all three sold out. Dom Amore,, "Top Prospects, Hall-Of-Famers' Sons, And Tim Tebow: Highlights From The First Half Of The Yard Goats' Season," 8 July 2018 Reservations for hiking and camping are required and sell out quickly, so book far in advance. Brent Crane, Outside Online, "America's Best Swimming Holes," 1 July 2018

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First Known Use of sellout


1859, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1796, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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The first known use of sellout was in 1796

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English Language Learners Definition of sellout

: a game, concert, etc., for which all seats are sold

: an occurrence in which you do something that does not agree with your beliefs, values, etc., especially in order to make money

: someone who does something that does not agree with that person's beliefs or values especially in order to make money

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