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

The backlash was swift and savage: Phair was seen as a desperate sellout whose short skirts were unbecoming for a mother in her mid-30s. Allison Stewart,, "Liz Phair, still living in 'Guyville' 25 years later," 27 Apr. 2018 Only three of 15 home games were listed as a sellout in 12,414-seat Viejas Arena, although only one was below 10,000 (9,821 against Bradley) and 12 were above 11,000. Mark Zeigler,, "SDSU men's basketball picked to join selective Jordan Brand family," 16 Apr. 2018 Box office: The show recouped its $12-million investment in less than eight months, producers said, and a year after opening, ticket revenue still averages 95% of its potential gross, calculated as a full-price sellout. Barbara Isenberg,, "Why Broadway's hottest theater just might be on the West Coast," 12 Apr. 2018 Critics, particularly senior Catholic figures in Hong Kong, see it as catastrophic sellout that would put party cadres in charge of communities that have long fought to worship without government control. Emily Rauhala, Washington Post, "A Catholic bishop and his rural Chinese parish worry about a deal between Beijing and the Vatican," 11 Mar. 2018 An alliance of players sympathetic to the protests split into factions — one side seeing the owners’ offer as a sign of progress, the other seeing the offer as a bribe, and acceptance of the money as a sellout of the cause. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, "Forgettable anniversary for Colin Kaepernick," 3 Mar. 2018 The Pels, picked by virtually no one outside New Orleans city limits to win this series, tattooed Portland 119-102 on Thursday night (April 19) in front of a sellout Smoothie King Center of 18,551 to take a 3-0 series lead. Ron Higgins,, "It just gets better and better for the Pelicans and worse and worse for the Trail Blazers," 19 Apr. 2018 Also on the 22-artist Mo Pop bill are rapper Vince Staples, Boston neo-grunge duo Highly Suspect and the L.A. hip-hop-R&B collective Brockhampton, on the heels of the group's two-night sellout last month at the Majestic Theatre. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "Mo Pop Festival reveals 2018 lineup: Rare Bon Iver set, the National, St. Vincent," 7 Mar. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Unfortunately, all of the 6,000 raffle tickets for this Italian villa are sold out. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "You Could Become The Owner of This Gorgeous Italian Villa—For Free," 3 Apr. 2019 Sony When Sony first released the Aibo in 1999, the animatronic pup sold out within 20 minutes of its launch. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Sony’s $2,900 robot dog now on sale in the U.S.," 20 Sep. 2018 Each day the truck opens around noon and will be on-site until they are sold out, usually around 5 to 6 pm. Courant Community, "Community News For The Colchester Edition," 2 July 2018 Tickets for Superpowered Chicago went on sale yesterday, and...looks like they're sold out. Amanda Shapiro, Bon Appetit, "The Healthyish Drink of the Summer is Here," 21 June 2018 But thankfully, a permanent location means they won't be sold out forever. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Museum of Ice Cream Wants to Be in Every State in the U.S.," 5 June 2018 The Pacers don’t move their game if they are sold out. Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, "'What's wrong with a tough ticket?' IHSAA commissioner reflects on basketball tourney," 16 Apr. 2018 It, like most of the tiers currently offered, are sold out. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "Internet rallies around VoiceoverPete after he gets booted from Fiverr," 9 Nov. 2018 Marking her first foray into athletic-wear, the first drop of Victoria Beckham x Reebok features sleek sports bras, tracksuits, and a turtleneck-esque sweatshirt that (sadly) sold out in less than 12 hours. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Victoria Beckham Was Her Own Muse for Her Reebok Collection," 24 Jan. 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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