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 Box Theatre is an intimate venue, so buying tickets in advance is highly encouraged to avoid disappointment in the event of a sellout. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "They're creepy, and they're kooky, and they're coming to Oconomowoc. 'The Addams Family' will run Oct. 4-13 at The Box Theatre Co.," 9 Sep. 2019 The number of consecutive sellouts Dunkin’ Donuts Park racked up to close out the season, bringing its total to 51 out of 67 home dates. Chris Brodeur,, "From attendance and peanut servings to call-ups and BBQ, here’s a by-the-numbers look at the Yard Goats’ 2019 season," 30 Aug. 2019 All after a postseason that added a massive take of 13 Causeway Street sellouts to the Jacobs family coffers. Kevin Paul Dupont,, "Bruins may regret letting Noel Acciari get away," 2 July 2019 After years of quick sellouts, Electric Forest expanded to two weekends in 2017 and 2018. Katie Bain, Billboard, "Electric Forest Founder Jeremy Stein Says Festivals Are Like Families -- Here's How He Maintains His," 27 June 2019 Jordan said there was the string of 100 straight sellouts in the rollicking, compact Miami Arena, which had a capacity of 14,700. Gerald Narciso, New York Times, "Florida Panthers Hear Echoes of Their Early Years in the Golden Knights," 2 June 2018 The team that the U.S. sent to the World Cup in China didn’t feature the NBA’s biggest stars, yet drew sellout crowds for each of its first six games. Washington Post, "Popularity of NBA in China seems to create endless options," 16 Sep. 2019 Playing in front of a sellout crowd in Miami, Neymar returned to the national team and grabbed a goal and assist as Brazil tied 2-2 against Colombia on Friday night. Luis Miguel Echegaray,, "Neymar Grabs Goal, Assist in Brazil Return as Selecao Ties Colombia," 7 Sep. 2019 The Spirit played before a sellout crowd of 19,470 in a rare appearance at Audi Field, home of MLS’ D.C. United. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, "Soccer! Draw between Galaxy and LAFC left neither team satisfied," 27 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Tennessee, like Los Angeles, will likely sell out to stop the run, and Brissett has to be able to take advantage in case the running game has trouble getting its wheels moving. 8. Joel A. Erickson, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: 13 things to watch in Colts vs. Titans game," 14 Sep. 2019 The Carrier Dome will be sold out for a football game for the first time since the 1998 season. Scooby Axson,, "Can Syracuse Re-Capture Past Magic vs. Clemson Amid Disappointing Start to 2019?," 12 Sep. 2019 As Meghan pointed out with delight at the end of her speech, one of the items—a £109 leather tote bag ($135)—was sold out online before the launch even began. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "Inside the Launch of Meghan Markle's New Fashion Collection with Smart Works," 12 Sep. 2019 But word of mouth was excellent, the production was sold out and the show now has another run. Michael Paulson, New York Times, "Is Broadway Ready for ‘Slave Play’?," 11 Sep. 2019 Anti-diarrheal medicine was sold out in many neighborhood pharmacies. Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian, "Milwaukee’s Secret Salmon Runs," 10 Sep. 2019 Before the record was even released, Capaldi had already sold out a worldwide tour supporting it — in one second. Ruth Kinane,, "Lewis Capaldi has 'no f—ing clue' why you love his song 'Someone You Loved' so much," 10 Sep. 2019 Country star Thomas Rhett sold out St. Paul’s Xcel Energy Center on Saturday night with a show that felt more like a one-man boy band than a Nashville troubadour. Ross Raihala, Twin Cities, "Thomas Rhett offers high-energy evening of pop songs with a bit of twang at the X," 7 Sep. 2019 Forty minutes after opening and more than 100 customers later, the pork serrano sausage has sold out. San Antonio Express-News, "52 Weeks of BBQ: Naming the best of the best San Antonio barbecue," 30 Aug. 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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