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

Enter AJ Vukovich, a Mukwonago resident and rising senior at East Troy High School, whose sweet right-handed swing launched balls out of Progressive Field in front of a sellout crowd along with the likes of Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Pete Alonso. Curt Hogg, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Christian Yelich may have been out, but Milwaukee still had a representative during the Home Run Derby," 9 July 2019 The sellout crowd of 58,000 on Sunday was a rarity. Rob Harris,, "‘A little public shame never hurt anyone’: Chants of ‘equal pay’ break out after US women win World Cup," 7 July 2019 Starved since April of a home victory, an eager sellout crowd was ready to celebrate. Jack Harris,, "Zlatan Ibrahimovic provides the fireworks in the Galaxy’s victory," 4 July 2019 Before a sellout crowd of 59,659 at Olympic Stadium that included supporters from Britain, Beantown and the Big Apple plus royalty, batters behaved like good tourists and minded the gaps — and the fences. Author: Ronald Blum, Anchorage Daily News, "Ye Olde Slugfest: Yanks top Red Sox 17-13 in MLB Euro debut," 30 June 2019 Before a sellout crowd of 59,659 at Olympic Stadium that included fans from Britain, Beantown and the Big Apple plus royalty, batters behaved like good tourists and minded the gaps — and the fences. Ronald Blum, The Denver Post, "Ye Olde Slugfest: Yanks top Red Sox 17-13 in MLB Euro debut," 29 June 2019 In its last home outing, Washington attracted its first sellout of the season on Feb. 2 as the Huskies clobbered UCLA 69-55. Percy Allen, The Seattle Times, "The Huskies have returned to prominence in Pac-12 hoops, and so has the roar on Montlake," 19 Feb. 2019 Tonight's crowd of 8,388 marked our 28th sellout of the season, the new regular-season record. Bink Grimes, Houston Chronicle, "Outdoors report: April 8," 7 Apr. 2018 People who will hate this candidate: Progressives who thought Obama was a sellout, particularly those who question her mixed record on reforming the justice system. Quartz Staff, Quartz, "Meet all the Democratic candidates in the crowded 2020 race," 24 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Palmer has a massive following on Patreon and other platforms and sells out shows, despite not being well known in the mainstream. Mahita Gajanan, Time, "Taylor Swift's Fight Over Her Catalog Is Just the Latest Example of Artists Struggling to Own Their Work," 1 July 2019 Rooms at the California resort became available to book on Thursday at 10 a.m. PT and by 10:02 a.m. — that’s right, just two minutes later — all 70 rooms had sold out, according to CNN. Joelle Goldstein,, "Highly-Anticipated Taco Bell Hotel in Palm Springs Sold Out of Reservations in 2 Minutes," 29 June 2019 Know that Florida Supercon’s two-day and four-day passes are already sold out. Phillip Valys,, "Florida Supercon 2019: Five events you can’t miss," 28 June 2019 From the great @CityofSanJose – one of the world's greatest cities – comes @TheDoobieBros Although Santana’s name was on top of the bill, the Doobies clearly factored heavily into why this show was a slam-dunk sell out. Jim Harrington, The Mercury News, "Review: Santana delivers ‘Supernatural’ show for huge crowd," 27 June 2019 Taking up most of the August 31, 1946, issue of The New Yorker, Hersey’s article was a media sensation, selling out that issue of the magazine, and a spectacular success when reprinted as a book a few months later. Roy Scranton, The New Republic, "How John Hersey Bore Witness," 27 June 2019 The nine-story building is more than 75 percent sold out, the company said, and will be completed next spring. Nancy Sarnoff, Houston Chronicle, "River Oaks condo tower tops out ― with units starting at $1.5 million," 26 June 2019 There’s the nightclub Memoire, but the R3hab show is sold out. Globe Staff,, "Our food critic ate her way through the Encore Boston casino so you don’t have to," 25 June 2019 Organizers said the event will sell out both nights. Sarah Brookbank,, "Want to be a kid again? A giant ball pit party is coming to Cincinnati," 24 June 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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14 Jul 2019

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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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