sellout

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noun

sell·​out ˈsel-ˌau̇t How to pronounce sellout (audio)
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

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verb

sold out; selling out; sells out

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
3
a
: 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
The release cast fresh attention on the Departed, who have since enjoyed a sustained run of sellout or near-sellout crowds at venues like Gruene Hall and Billy Bob’s Texas. Josh Crutchmer, Rolling Stone, 7 Feb. 2024 At perpetual sellouts, at home and on the road, crowds approaching 15,000 crane their phones in her general direction from pregame stretches through postgame autograph sessions. Matt Flegenheimer, New York Times, 6 Feb. 2024 The game entered its final minutes almost even as both sides traded 3-pointers, each drawing a larger roar from the Xfinity Center’s sellout crowd. Taylor Lyons, Baltimore Sun, 4 Feb. 2024 Bona walked off the court with both arms raised in triumph after the Bruins (9-11 overall, 4-5 Pac-12) built an 11-point halftime lead and never let the Trojans (8-12, 2-7) close within single digits in the second half, keeping the sellout crowd largely on mute. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, 28 Jan. 2024 Easiest stretch Wake plays North Carolina A&T on a Thursday night to start the season, which should be an opportunity for another sellout. Shane Connuck, Charlotte Observer, 24 Jan. 2024 His next leap was an aggressive slam to give Minnesota a 96-80 lead with the sellout crowd of 18,024 justifiably giving its loudest roar. Mike Cook, Twin Cities, 15 Jan. 2024 And that, in the end, is what separated SDSU and UNLV on Saturday afternoon before a sellout crowd at Viejas Arena and a national television audience on CBS. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Jan. 2024 Wake hopes to have a sellout at its season opener for the second straight year. Shane Connuck, Charlotte Observer, 24 Jan. 2024
Verb
But last summer, AMC chief Adam Aron predicted that 25,000 special edition Barbie Corvettes would sell out by the end of opening weekend at $34.99 a pop. Pamela McClintock, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 Feb. 2024 Keep in Mind: Plants are known to sell out during restocks and shipping can take up to a week. Quincy Bulin, Better Homes & Gardens, 13 Feb. 2024 So to me, a celebrity is a big movie star or a singer who sells out stadiums. Ct Jones, Rolling Stone, 12 Feb. 2024 There’s the cordless Dyson V8 that’s $120 off (and selling out fast), and for those who want to press a button and let magic happen, this Shark AI Robot Floor Vacuum is a can't-miss buy at 46 percent off. Amber Love Bond, Travel + Leisure, 10 Feb. 2024 Video Ad Feedback 01:16 - Source: CNN Prices for a 30-second ad cost between $6.5 million to $7 million, according to a source familiar with ad sales, and CBS said last week it’s sold out. Jordan Valinsky, CNN, 7 Feb. 2024 The band announced the Summer of ’99 cruise last year, and both weekends of the voyage have sold out. Jason Lipshutz, Billboard, 6 Feb. 2024 With the industry reporting a return to pre-pandemic booking levels in 2023, there's enough cruising demand to fill these new mega ships—the Icon of the Seas' inaugural voyage was nearly sold out just 24 hours after bookings opened, The Points Guy reported. Scott Laird, Condé Nast Traveler, 6 Feb. 2024 Hundreds of styles are discounted, but popular sizes sell out quickly, so look early for the best selection. Louryn Strampe, WIRED, 1 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun

1859, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1796, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of sellout was in 1796

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Cite this Entry

“Sellout.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sellout. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

sellout

1 of 2 noun
sell·​out ˈsel-ˌau̇t How to pronounce sellout (audio)
1
: the act or an instance of selling out
2
: a show, contest, or exhibition for which all seats are sold

sell out

2 of 2 verb
(ˈ)sel-ˈau̇t
: to dispose of all of one's goods by sale
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