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

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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

The bar has risen in Rogers Park, where expectations will be great after the Ramblers put together a 32-6 season that included their first Missouri Valley Conference championship, league tournament title and first Gentile Arena sellout since 2003. Shannon Ryan,, "Expectations rise for Loyola next season," 1 Apr. 2018 While this was far from a sellout in Staples Center, the crowd was filled with Maize and Blue. Jeff Seidel, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan shows Final Four potential in Sweet 16 smackdown of Texas A&M," 22 Mar. 2018 The Portland Timbers—with their eight-year streak of home sellouts—face second-year Atlanta United, already the pre-eminent MLS club in attendance with a league record of more than 53,000 a game. Rachel Bachman, WSJ, "Major League Soccer Final Showcases Real Growth, Fake Grass," 7 Dec. 2018 From there unfurls the classic narrative of the big-time picket-line-crossing sellout, struggling with his own role as a collaborator with evil rich guys as his old comrades soldier on. Vann R. Newkirk Ii, The Atlantic, "Sorry to Bother You Is a Dystopian Send-Up of Dystopias," 13 July 2018 Thursday’s crowd of 32,151 was larger than usual but well short of a sellout, continuing a pattern from last season, when Miami did not have a single full house. Jorge L. Ortiz, USA TODAY, "Anthony Rizzo's home run an 'out-of-body experience' on emotional Opening Day," 29 Mar. 2018 Viejas, while just shy of a sellout Friday, was filled Sunday. Nick Canepa,, "As a host for hoops, San Diego has proven to be a winner," 18 Mar. 2018 The crowd of 61,946 fell so far short of a sellout that fans were moved toward the middle to create a full look for TV viewers. David J. Neal, miamiherald, "Super Bowl history game-by-game, from Packers to Patriots | Miami Herald," 30 Jan. 2018 The Frogs, playing in front of a second consecutive sellout, stumbled out of the gate. Carlos Mendez, star-telegram, "Kansas keeps TCU looking for that big win at Schollmaier Arena," 6 Jan. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Rival plane maker Airbus SE is sold out for years, so walking away from the MAX deal could derail the carrier’s growth plans. Andrew Tangel, WSJ, "Boeing Faces Escalating Feud With Lion Air Over Plane Crash," 19 Dec. 2018 As expected, much of the collection is already sold out on Supreme’s website and people are already reselling the merch on eBay, asking for as much as $400 for the Chihuahua hoodie. Dani Deahl, The Verge, "Supreme and Chris Cunningham have released an Aphex Twin-inspired collection," 11 Nov. 2018 The jeans, which retail for $195, are sold out through their U.S. website but are available for British, Canadian, and Australian shoppers. Megan Friedman, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Wore Jeans on Her Australia Trip That Benefit the Victims of Sex Trafficking," 17 Oct. 2018 Unfortunately, it's currently sold out, but we're promised a restock soon. Tanisha Pina, Allure, "This K-Beauty Brand Just Launched at Walmart and Products Are Already Selling Out," 1 Aug. 2018 The 2018 festival is sold out, according to its website. Ally Marotti,, "Pokemon Go Fest is back and ready for the crowds after disappointing thousands last year," 12 July 2018 Notre Dame at Virginia Tech, Oct. 6 — Notre Dame's first ever visit to Blacksburg and hotels in town are already sold out. Matthew Glenesk, Indianapolis Star, "Ranking Indiana's top 50 college football games in 2018," 11 July 2018 Neither the game here nor the All-Star Game is sold out yet. Jonathan Tannenwald,, "Will Cristiano Ronaldo's Juventus debut come in Philadelphia vs. Bayern Munich?," 10 July 2018 At this point, though, their brief residency at the arena is just a matter of meeting demand: All four shows are sold out, though there are tickets available on the resale market. New York Times, "13 Pop, Rock and Jazz Concerts to Check Out in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 5 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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