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

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 This story has been updated to reflect the Wild with two sellouts this season, not one. John Shipley, Twin Cities, "John Shipley: Wild’s play and prospects have sucked the life out of the X," 14 Nov. 2019 Tuesday night’s game is a sellout, the first at the Mitchell Center in more than a decade. Creg Stephenson |, al, "South Alabama holds off Southern Miss 75-69, looks ahead to Auburn," 10 Nov. 2019 At the tail end of the championship season, the Blazers started a remarkable run that lasted all the way until 1995, hosting 814 consecutive sellouts, the most in major league sports history. Joe Freeman, oregonlive, "From humble beginnings to Blazermania: Portland Trail Blazers embark on 50th season," 23 Oct. 2019 With 43,321 attending Sunday’s game, marking Milwaukee’s 20th sellout, the Brewers finished the season with 2,923,333 fans at Miller Park. Rich Rovito, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Thames homers twice, Brewers move into tie for top wild card," 22 Sep. 2019 Last year’s total included 14 sellouts, with several associated with replica championship ring giveaways. David Barron, Houston Chronicle, "Astros record 15th sellout at Minute Maid Park," 22 Sep. 2019 The benefit concert, a sellout at Ryman Auditorium Monday night, was the brainchild of Nashville singer-songwriter Patrick Davis, organizer of the Songwriters in Paradise festival, an annual event in Hope Town, Bahamas, since 2013. Nancy Kruh,, "Darius Rucker, Dierks Bentley, Charles Kelley and More Rally for Hurricane Relief," 18 Sep. 2019 All seven stadium shows so far this year have been sellouts, with some setting attendance records. Melinda Newman, Billboard, "Garth Brooks on Blake Shelton Duet, Touring Stadiums & Having 'The Best Time of My Life': Exclusive," 17 June 2019 WhatsApp co-founder calls himself 'sellout' for $22B Facebook deal. Fox News, "FOX NEWS FIRST: Key vote on Kavanaugh confirmation Friday morning; Multiple victims in Supreme smear campaign," 28 Sep. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb For a brief moment our favorite true wireless earbuds dipped to just $129 and sold out thereafter, but are back in stock for $139.95. Isabelle Kagan, USA TODAY, "20 insanely popular Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals everyone is buying," 30 Nov. 2019 Amazon briefly ran deals that dropped these consoles by another $40 a piece earlier in the day, but those have since sold out. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "Dealmaster: The best Black Friday gaming deals for PS4, Switch, and Xbox," 29 Nov. 2019 That said, video games and consoles are among the hottest gifts for kids ages 11 to 15, and the most popular systems, including the Sega Genesis Mini and Nintendo Switch Lite, could sell out long before December 27. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, "Here's how December 27 beats Black Friday and Cyber Monday for electronics deals," 29 Nov. 2019 Tickets are limited and may sell out quickly. 9 p.m. Saturday, Williwaw Social, 609 F St. ( Comedy and Concerts at Koot’s — There are a variety of events happening at Koot’s this weekend. Anchorage Daily News, "Get ready, Anchorage: Nutcracker season is here," 21 Nov. 2019 Tickets must be purchased in advance, and last year’s breakfast sold out. Shirley Macfarland, cleveland, "Producing healthy meals is all in the family at Altenheim: Strong Points," 21 Nov. 2019 Tickets for the free concert were distributed through Ticketmaster and sold out within minutes Saturday, though some people have been reselling them for hundreds of dollars. NBC News, "Kanye West talks about serving God during visit with Joel Osteen," 18 Nov. 2019 Tickets for the upcoming show at Shrine Expo Hall went on sale Nov. 1 and sold out within minutes. Meg Zukin,, "My Chemical Romance post first photo together since reunion," 18 Nov. 2019 Tickets for the free concert were distributed through Ticketmaster and sold out within minutes Saturday, though some people have been reselling them for hundreds of dollars. Washington Post, "Kanye West talks about serving God during visit with Osteen," 17 Nov. 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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1 Dec 2019

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“Sellout.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 12 December 2019.

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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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