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

Example Sentences

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 team announced Sunday’s crowd at 22,000, its fourth sellout in 11 home dates, making Angel City just the second NWSL team to average more than 19,000 a game. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, 25 Sep. 2022 Utah is expecting its 72nd straight home sellout at Rice-Eccles Stadium. San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Sep. 2022 Darlington announced its first Southern 500 sellout since 2019. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 4 Sep. 2022 Darlington announced its first Southern 500 sellout since 2019. Pete Iacobelli, Orlando Sentinel, 3 Sep. 2022 The Braves announced 42,161 in attendance for their 33rd sellout, setting a single-season high of 2,675,846 at Truist Park, which opened in 2017. George Henry, Sun Sentinel, 3 Sep. 2022 The Braves announced a crowd of 42,531, their 32nd sellout of the season, but there were thousands of empty seats to watch the two playoff contenders. George Henry, Chron, 21 Aug. 2022 The Braves announced a crowd of 42,531, their 32nd sellout of the season, but there were thousands of empty seats to watch the two playoff contenders. George Henry, ajc, 21 Aug. 2022 As Del Mar stages its sellout opening day Friday, horsemen salivate over what the season-long presence of sports betting on the grounds could do one year from now. Lance Pugmire, USA TODAY, 21 July 2022
Verb
Some of these deals will be available all week, assuming stock doesn’t sell out. Chris Smith, BGR, 20 Nov. 2022 Perhaps Swift's management looked back at the artist's last stop in Louisville and wasn't pleased the show didn't sell out? Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, 2 Nov. 2022 The wings sell out just about every day, Culver says. Bob Carlton | Bcarlton@al.com, al, 1 Nov. 2022 Fans say under the new system the best bottles sometimes sell out five or 10 minutes after hitting the shelves in some of the state’s roughly 400 liquor stores. Justin Jouvenal, Washington Post, 20 Sep. 2022 Just take the late Princess Diana, whose forward-thinking aesthetic has solidified her as one of the greatest style icons of all time, or Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton, who consistently cause pieces to sell out shortly after wearing them. Sam Peters, Town & Country, 2 Sep. 2022 Tickets often sell out quickly; the reseller market is more expensive and does not reflect the original price. Matthieu Larivée, Rolling Stone, 17 Aug. 2022 The power of the standby line Most shows that sell out have a standby line. Jake Kroeger, Los Angeles Times, 4 Aug. 2022 Many of the after-parties sell out, so be sure to get tickets soon. Samantha Nelson, Chicago Tribune, 14 July 2022 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 4 Dec. 2022.

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

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verb

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