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

Examples of sellout in a Sentence

Noun 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. Verb the band sold out its faithful followers, abandoning its edgy style for a more commercial sound
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Brooks’ return to the floor following his one-game suspension and emotions running high in the sellout crowd given the latest with Morant and Memphis calling out Poole’s play. Mark Heim |, al, 9 May 2022 There were rumors of a sellout for the Indy Eleven's first foray into the women's game Friday night, but the scene at Grand Park for the first-ever USL W League game exceeded any and all expectations. Brian Haenchen, The Indianapolis Star, 7 May 2022 The Suns did that so often that anyone in the sellout crowd could have yelled out what was coming. Kent Somers, The Arizona Republic, 4 May 2022 White land-grabbing — the result of a Black sellout’s backhanded collaboration, to the detriment of this nascent Black community’s survival — is what proves the threat. K. Austin Collins, Rolling Stone, 9 Nov. 2021 Attendance, based on tickets distributed, was announced at 22,056 although the crowd appeared several thousand shy of a sellout. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, 29 Sep. 2021 The fanfare was fun, the actual fans even moreso with the Giants playing in front of a near sellout for the first time in nearly a year and a half. Susan Slusser, San Francisco Chronicle, 25 June 2021 The news of a virtual sellout comes just 11 days before the Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers are set to kick off at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. Tom Schad, USA TODAY, 28 Jan. 2021 Royals players held a black ribbon in unity of Black Lives Matter at a socially safe distance with cutout photographs of fans in the seats instead of a home opener sellout. Joshua Gunter, cleveland, 28 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Love them or hate them, MSCHF’s controversial creations have cult status and releases typically sell out in minutes. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 27 Apr. 2022 Reservations are required for all open campgrounds in the park, and the extremely popular campsites typically sell out in minutes. Hayley Smith, Los Angeles Times, 26 Apr. 2022 Around the country, changes within the ski industry have forced many smaller ski areas to close down or sell out to corporate conglomerates. Gregory Thomas, San Francisco Chronicle, 8 Apr. 2022 What Candle won’t do, Mayer said, is launch its own streaming platform or sell out to a studio or streamer. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, 4 Apr. 2022 That's why campsites at the four-day festival on a ranch near Florence, about an hour's drive from metro Phoenix, sell out in advance. Ed Masley, The Arizona Republic, 1 Apr. 2022 The labor leader, hunting in Scotland, must come to identify with his former adversaries and will sell out the folks who brung him. David Mamet, National Review, 31 Mar. 2022 Tickets must be purchased in advance and may sell out. San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Mar. 2022 During the next decade or so, the group would go on to release seven full-lengths and a number of EPs, sell out venues around the world, perform at the Pyeongchang Olympics, and earn their place among the most successful boy bands in history. Natalie Morin, Rolling Stone, 3 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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17 May 2022

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“Sellout.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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