sell·​out | \ ˈsel-ˌau̇t How to pronounce sellout (audio) \

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

sold out; selling out; sells 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

Hosts France opened the World Cup before a sellout crowd in Paris on Friday night with a 4-0 victory over South Korea. Anne M. Peterson, The Denver Post, "Colorado’s Mallory Pugh, Lindsay Horan score in U.S. women’s national team’s rout of Thailand in FIFA Women’s World Cup," 11 June 2019 Hosts France opened the World Cup before a sellout crowd in Paris on Friday night with a 4-0 victory over South Korea. Anne M. Peterson,, "Alex Morgan ties World Cup mark with 5 goals as the U.S. blows out Thailand for record-setting 13-0 win," 11 June 2019 Hosts France opened the World Cup before a sellout crowd in Paris on Friday night with a 4-0 victory over South Korea. Anne M. Peterson, Anchorage Daily News, "US women open World Cup defense with record-setting 13-0 rout of Thailand," 11 June 2019 The Golden State win narrowed Toronto’s series lead to three games to two and prevented the Raptors, in front of an expectant sellout crowd, from clinching the first championship in the franchise’s 24-year history. Marc Stein, New York Times, "How the Warriors Survived Game 5 of the N.B.A. Finals," 10 June 2019 But by kickoff, Parc des Princes was mostly full (and by the end of the night was a sellout crowd of 45,261). Ashley Scoby, Pro Soccer USA, "France delights sellout crowd in Paris with 4-0 win over South Korea in World Cup opener," 9 June 2019 Notre Dame made its first San Diego appearance last year, beating Navy 24-17 before a sellout crowd at SDCCU Stadium. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Holiday Bowl, Mountain West face changes after new tie-ins announced," 4 June 2019 The league also set records for average attendance (17,978) and sellouts (741). Charlotte Carroll,, "NBA Breaks All-Time Attendance Record for Fourth Straight Year," 12 Apr. 2018 The crowd rose to their feet, and Victor Oladipo lifted his arms, urging more noise from the sellout (17,923) crowd. Clifton Brown, Indianapolis Star, "Pacers pick up where they left off, dominate Hawks from start to finish," 23 Feb. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The 2018 national champion Bruins broke their previous attendance records at Pauley Pavilion, selling out the very same arena that hosted the 1984 Olympics gymnastics competition. Dvora Meyers, Longreads, "The Gymnast’s Position," 5 June 2019 The boys are currently on their world tour and have already sold out a couple of venues. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "The BTS ARMY Clapped Back At Trolls Coming for Suga From BTS," 13 May 2019 Sugar Rush must take after its big sister because the set is already sold out on Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "I Need These Cactus-Shaped Makeup Brushes From Tarte's Sister Brand Sugar Rush Immediately," 19 Apr. 2019 In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter this week, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aimé said that the mini-consoles will be going out of production, and once the holiday season stock sells out, they won’t be restocked. Dami Lee, The Verge, "Nintendo’s NES Classic and SNES Classic are going out of production," 14 Dec. 2018 The home of Robert Redford’s film festival had just gone corporate, selling out to the ski industry giant Vail Resorts, which also purchased Whistler Blackcomb in 2016. Alex Bhattacharji, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why Telluride Keeps Being Named the Best U.S. Ski Town," 5 Dec. 2018 Meanwhile ribs, smoked beef brisket, pulled pork and steak sandwiches will be sold out of Virginia Street booths, along with a few unexpected items like fried calamari and tacos. Mel Shields, sacbee, "Spin Doctors and Vanilla Ice headline Reno's annual brews and blues festival," 14 June 2018 Some of the sessions are sold out, so purchase tickets soon. Kellie Hwang, azcentral, "Best food and drink events in Phoenix this summer," 4 June 2018 Following the massive success of their 2018 collection, which Playful Promises founder Emma Parker says sold out in 48 hours, the companies created a batch of new offerings that include cutouts, lace overlays, and lace bodysuits. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Playful Promises and Gabi Fresh Created Another Size-Inclusive Lingerie Line," 18 Apr. 2019

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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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