sellout

noun
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

verb
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

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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The limited crowd of 1,998 was a sellout at Hohokam Stadium in Mesa, Arizona. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Welcome back: Optimism abounds as MLB’s spring includes fans," 1 Mar. 2021 Paid for parking, but at the box office was informed the game was a sellout. San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego Stadium farewell: Readers share their favorite memories," 28 Feb. 2021 Fourth of July, a sellout crowd, ninth inning of a tight game — and a full-extension leap to snag the baseball by the glovetips, well beyond the center-field wall. Phil Miller, Star Tribune, "For your confusion: Twins outfielders Keon Broxton and Byron Keiron Buxton," 27 Feb. 2021 Under normal circumstances, Maryland's comeback would have fueled a sellout crowd at the arena and perhaps spur the Terrapins to complete the task. David Ginsburg, Star Tribune, "No. 14 Wisconsin weathers Maryland comeback in 61-55 win," 27 Jan. 2021 On April 8, 1974, before a sellout crowd at Atlanta Stadium and a national television audience, Aaron broke Ruth's home run record with No. 715 off Al Downing of the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Associated Press, NOLA.com, "Hank Aaron, baseball's one-time home run king, dies at 86," 22 Jan. 2021 Pop-up hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. or until sold out Saturday; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. or sellout Sunday. Mike Sutter, ExpressNews.com, "Among San Antonio’s best barbecue restaurants are 3 new places that opened in the last year," 7 Jan. 2021 Before a sellout crowd at Atlanta Stadium and a national television audience, Aaron broke Ruth’s home run record with No. 715 off Al Downing of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Paul Newberry, Chron, "Hank Aaron, baseball's one-time home run king, dies at 86," 22 Jan. 2021 Before a sellout crowd at Atlanta Stadium and a national television audience, Aaron broke Ruth’s home run record with No. 715 off Al Downing of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Paul Newberry, Anchorage Daily News, "Hank Aaron, baseball’s former home run king and a civil rights champion, has died at age 86," 22 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb These items tend to sell out super fast, plus, the event is only live through February 20! Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "All-Clad is having a huge warehouse sale on its famous cookware with savings up to 65%," 18 Feb. 2021 The cardamom buns, filled with almond paste and whipped cream, often sell out this time of year, but $25 will get you six of them in the market. Sharyn Jackson, Star Tribune, "5 best things our food writers ate in the Twin Cities this week," 12 Feb. 2021 Maximum class size is 12 students, and classes sell out quickly, so call to check current availability, (262) 271-6121, or visit chefpamskitchen.com Compiled by Elaine Rewolinski. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Food and drink news: Purple Door ice cream sundae kits, Indeed Brewing CBD seltzer," 14 Jan. 2021 The deals run while supplies last—but if history is any indication, the best stuff will sell out fast, so shop ASAP. Talia Abbas, Glamour, "33 Best After-Christmas Sales to Shop in 2020," 25 Dec. 2020 Her products frequently sell out, and the brand was just nominated for Object of the Year by Dwell magazine. Shelby Comroe, Marie Claire, "Coast to Coast: 50 Women-Run Businesses in America to Shop This Holiday," 7 Dec. 2020 Rizzi updates the menu during service, too, to keep track of when things sell out. Soleil Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, "At Lou's Takeaway in San Rafael, modern California sensibilities shine through singular comfort food," 4 Feb. 2021 Otherwise bag drops happen multiple times a month (usually 3,000 to 7,000 bags) and sell out within minutes. New York Times, "The Year of Telfar," 21 Dec. 2020 Austin’s proximity to San Antonio also increases the likelihood the Alamo Bowl will sell out the approximately 11,000 tickets available to fans. Greg Luca, ExpressNews.com, "Amid flurry of Pac-12 opt-outs, Alamo Bowl secures Colorado for matchup against No. 20 Texas," 20 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of sellout

Noun

1859, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

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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6 Mar 2021

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“Sellout.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sellout. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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sellout

noun

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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