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 The crowd was inexplicably announced as a sellout of 66,646, but there were literally thousands of Bulls fans disguised as empty seats. Mike Bianchi,, 11 Sep. 2021 The doubleheader, which will produce the semifinalists that will play in Texas next week, has been announced as a sellout by CONCACAF. José M. Romero, The Arizona Republic, 24 July 2021 Back in 2018, on a lovely summer day in Helsinki, in a press conference that will long be remembered as a most bizarre sellout of American interests, Trump had alternately praised his Russian counterpart and cowered to him. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, 16 June 2021 Some Parler users decry the blocking of hate speech as a sellout to Big Tech. Washington Post, 17 May 2021 Some Parler users decry the blocking of hate speech as a sellout to Big Tech. Kevin Randall, Anchorage Daily News, 17 May 2021 The sellout crowd, no doubt confirming his observation, responded with a roar. Nancy Kruh,, 25 Aug. 2021 Pitmaster Juliette Johnson’s popular Southern Caribbean food stand — and sellout brisket— is restaurant-bound. Phillip Valys,, 19 Aug. 2021 For more than eight months, the Roots had worked to make their first home game in the second division USL Championship special, only for it to get postponed in front of a sellout crowd — an embarrassing blunder for a team unaccustomed to bad press. Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, 15 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb These types of test are in high demand, and as a result often sell out at many providers, which include CVS, Walmart, and Walgreens. Shannon Mcmahon, Condé Nast Traveler, 13 Sep. 2021 Amazon's Labor Day savings event is set to wrap up when the holiday weekend ends, but popular items will likely sell out before then. Jessica Leigh Mattern,, 2 Sep. 2021 When this happens, chaos often ensues and the bags sell out in a matter of minutes. New York Times, 23 Aug. 2021 Copper Kettle’s sale starts at 9 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m., but early birds will be there waiting in the morning, and some varieties will sell out before closing time. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 17 Aug. 2021 Keep in mind that for the next couple of days, deals will appear, sell out and expire rapidly. Dave Johnson, Forbes, 21 June 2021 And when offensive tackles sell out to stop his speed, Gregory already possesses an effective inside arm-over to take advantage. John Owning, Dallas News, 23 Oct. 2020 While experts have predicted some school supplies could sell out, face masks are becoming harder to find across the country, including in some COVID hot spots. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, 14 Aug. 2021 Wallen can sell out shows today and put out new music today. Andrea Williams, Vulture, 24 July 2021

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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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14 Sep 2021

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“Sellout.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Sep. 2021.

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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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