sellout

noun
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

verb
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 In October 2016, for instance, groups set up voter registration stands at a sellout concert for the legendary Mexican rock group Maná at the American Airlines Center. Imelda García, Dallas News, "Blame the Pandemic: Latino voters in Dallas not showing up to get registered," 18 Sep. 2020 At the Curran, in another sellout, the San Francisco Symphony debuted a performance on a mechanical player piano, executing a preprogramed performance from star pianist Harold Bauer. Peter Hartlaub, SFChronicle.com, "Life beyond coronavirus? Here’s how SF rebounded after the 1918 Spanish flu," 30 Aug. 2020 The Cardinals note a sellout streak of 144 games dating back to the stadium's opening in 2006; though this differs from ticketed attendance. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, "Arizona Cardinals evidently have the NFL fan base least worried about coronavirus," 13 Aug. 2020 Before a sellout crowd of 40,605, Namath’s South team tied the North 7-7. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, "‘From the whole morality of the thing’," 23 Aug. 2020 The Cardinals note a sellout streak of 144 games dating back to the stadium's opening in 2006; though this differs from ticketed attendance. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, "Arizona Cardinals evidently have the NFL fan base least worried about coronavirus," 13 Aug. 2020 The Cardinals note a sellout streak of 144 games dating back to the stadium's opening in 2006; though this differs from ticketed attendance. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, "Arizona Cardinals evidently have the NFL fan base least worried about coronavirus," 13 Aug. 2020 MacMillan was a marquee member of the San Diego Spirit of the now-defunct WUSA, which drew sellout crowds at USD’s Torero Stadium. Kirk Kenney, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Phenomenal San Diego women in sports," 8 Aug. 2020 And Saturday night, a near-sellout crowd will take it all in as the Avalanche and Kings meet in an outdoor showcase celebrating the sport’s proud history. Kyle Fredrickson, The Denver Post, "How the NHL brought Avalanche-Kings hockey to Falcon Stadium at the Air Force Academy," 14 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb That means that some of the year's most popular products could sell out faster than usual. Amanda Tarlton, USA TODAY, "10 popular holiday gifts to buy now before they sell out," 10 Sep. 2020 The limited-edition merchandise -- including that uncanny chicken nugget pillow -- will likely sell out earlier than that. Scottie Andrew, CNN, "Travis Scott drops McDonald's-themed merchandise, including a $90 chicken nugget pillow," 9 Sep. 2020 Brands like Pangaia offer them in bright colors and repeatedly sell out, while tie-dye variations have been taking over our Instagram feeds. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Jennifer Lopez Is Pro-Bold Sweatsuits, Just Like Us," 8 Sep. 2020 Hurry and buy yours now, because this mask will probably sell out any second now. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Wore a $15 Face Mask Volunteering in L.A. This Week," 22 Aug. 2020 The 10th- anniversary edition of Inception will be showing Aug. Friday through Sunday at 8:45 p.m. Screenings sell out fast due to capacity limits to allow for social distancing, so purchasing in advance is recommended. Dallas News, "These D-FW movie theaters are reopening. Here’s what’s different — and what’s showing — at each one," 21 Aug. 2020 The event has become so popular in recent years that park officials had to institute an online lottery system for nightly passes, which would often sell out in seconds, Erika Owen reported for Travel + Leisure in 2016. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, "Watch Fireflies Flicker From the Comfort of Home," 2 June 2020 The delightful Carly Rae Jepsen will still sell out venues despite not having had a true hit in years. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Katy Perry and the End of Pop," 1 Sep. 2020 Another guarantee is that these deals won’t last long — and may sell out before the sale is over — so be sure to grab a pair ASAP. Jessica Leigh Mattern, PEOPLE.com, "Apple AirPods Are Back to Their Black Friday Sale Prices on Amazon Right Now," 26 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of sellout

Noun

1859, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

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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25 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Sellout.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sellout. Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for sellout

sellout

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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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