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

Advertising All of those series were a success with sellouts in Monterrey. Carlos Rodriguez, The Seattle Times, "With a presidential pitch, baseball gets a boost in Mexico," 12 Apr. 2019 The Ohio Stadium set is the top grosser with $6.6 million from 63,000 tickets sold, followed by Cardinal Stadium’s $4.9 million on 52,000 tickets, both sellouts. Kevin Rutherford, Billboard, "Taylor Swift Rules Hot Tours Tally With Start of 'Reputation' Tour Third Leg," 12 July 2018 Yet those who are entrenched in their extreme positions often portray it as surrender or a sellout. Naperville Sun, "Letters to the Editor: Time for moderate views to take center stage, too many anti-Trump opinions in paper, more," 6 July 2018 But the movie’s imaginary world forces him to make choices that seem unfair if not impossible — between political commitment and personal ambition, between love and power, between staying true to his friends and becoming a sellout. New York Times, "Review: ‘Sorry to Bother You,’ but Can I Interest You in a Wild Dystopian Satire?," 2 July 2018 The clan of 30 would be part of the more than 44,000 to pack the ballpark Wednesday, a third straight sellout for a stadium that hadn’t been filled to capacity since September 2013. Mitchell Gladstone,, "Who are all these Yankees fans invading Phillies' Citizens Bank Park?," 27 June 2018 In its debut season, Dunkin’ Donuts Park racked up 41 sellouts. Staff Report,, "Dunkin' Donuts Park Repeats As Ballpark Digest's Top Double A Venue," 20 June 2018 After that, House Republicans would have to set aside their own brutal intra-party fight long to collaborate with Democrats at the risk of being branded an ideological sellout. Philip Elliott, Time, "Why Republican Lawmakers Aren't Backing Trump on Family Separations," 20 June 2018 The land between 6th and 7th and F and G was boarded up and burnt down until the Pollins built what now stands as Capital One Arena, the raucous rock-the-red palace that has clocked more than 400 consecutive sellouts. Alex Prewitt,, "Original Capitals Owner Irene Pollin Enjoying Team's Run in Stanley Cup Final," 6 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Following the massive success of their 2018 collection, which Playful Promises founder Emma Parker says sold out in 48 hours, the companies created a batch of new offerings that include cutouts, lace overlays, and lace bodysuits. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Playful Promises and Gabi Fresh Created Another Size-Inclusive Lingerie Line," 18 Apr. 2019 In the wake of her critically lauded third album Froot and its accompanying Neon Nature Tour that sold out dates across Europe, North, and South America, Marina began prepping a follow-up that didn’t seem to go anywhere. Keaton Bell, Vogue, "Marina Is Back and Better Than Ever, Even Without The Diamonds," 5 Apr. 2019 The temporary store, which opened June 20, is stocked with products that typically sell out online within minutes of launching, such as the Ultralight Beams Collection of shimmering loose powder and KKW Beauty’s Crème Lipsticks. Kavita Daswani,, "Kim Kardashian pop-up comes to Century City; Fendi, Rimowa team on new round of stylish luggage," 22 June 2018 Sure, summer just started—but that just means Halloween is closer After a year-long hiatus, Delusion—the fully immersive, highly interactive play that sells out every Halloween—returns with a sixth chapter. Juliet Bennett Rylah, Los Angeles Magazine, "After a Year Hiatus, One of L.A.’s Scariest Theater Experiences Is Returning," 22 June 2018 Fans are so excited to see him, he's already sold out a few shows and experienced some crazy fan moments. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Shawn Mendes Got Left On Read By Billie Eilish and His Response Is Perfect," 2 Apr. 2019 By Christmas, Raden’s inventory of 19,000 suitcases had completely sold out, and there was a 7,000-person waitlist. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "When the “best” busts: the spectacular rise and fall of smart luggage startup Raden," 12 Dec. 2018 The inaugural Trap Yoga and Tacos event sold out in a week and brought 315 people to a packed out venue in Houston, Texas. SELF, "8 Influencers Making the Wellness World More Inclusive," 7 Nov. 2018 The Asbury's been consistently sold out for the past few summers, and Hugh Jackman (Hugh Jackman!) recently attended the Asbury Lanes reopening. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Golden Age of Asbury Park," 18 Sep. 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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something valued as if it were money

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