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


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.


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

That makes sellout crowds challenging to process, so fans should consider not bringing bags or backpacks into the ballpark. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers 8, Pirates 3: Milwaukee finally pounds Williams behind two home runs by Keston Hiura," 7 Aug. 2019 And most of the sellout crowd of 25,527 sat through the steady rain and stuck it out until the end to watch Atlético Madrid rout the MLS All-Stars 3-0. Mike Bianchi, Pro Soccer USA, "Orlando City needs to build on soccer momentum created by MLS All-Star Game," 2 Aug. 2019 On the same day that President Donald Trump insulted Baltimore via Twitter, a sellout crowd of 14,686 packed the city’s downtown arena to dance and holler for one of their own. Childs Walker,, "Gervonta Davis has dream return to Baltimore, retains world title by TKO at Royal Farms Arena," 28 July 2019 Producing an encore in the series finale that matched the entertainment value of the first two games was going to be awfully difficult, but the sellout crowd of 40,127 — the largest since the 2016 home opener — was still treated to plenty of action., "Gregorius leads another Yankee hit parade, 10-7 over Twins," 25 July 2019 In front of a sellout crowd of 17,934, most of them shrieking youth at the annual Camp Day game, the Lynx lacked aggression and provided little to cheer for early. Mike Cook, Twin Cities, "Lynx lose 79-71 to Washington Mystics in front of 17,934," 24 July 2019 The Jaguars open the schedule Aug. 31 at Nebraska, in front of what is sure to be a sellout crowd of more than 90,000 at Memorial Stadium. Creg Stephenson |, al, "Nebraska is ideal opener for South Alabama, Steve Campbell says," 23 July 2019 Lowry, the 32-year-old Irishman with stout nerves and a soft touch around the greens, endured the worst weather of the week and the Sunday pressure of a sellout crowd cheering him along to win the British Open by six shots. Doug Ferguson, Houston Chronicle, "Shane Lowry wins British Open in celebrated return to Emerald Isle," 21 July 2019 Lowry, the 32-year-old Irishman with stout nerves and a soft touch around the greens, endured the worst weather of the week and the Sunday pressure of a sellout crowd cheering him along to win the British Open by six shots at Royal Portrush. Doug Ferguson,, "Shane Lowry runs away with win in British Open," 21 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

For the first time in school history, UCF has sold out its entire allotment of season tickets for the 2019 football season. Matt Murschel,, "UCF sells out football season ticket allotment for 2019 season," 13 Aug. 2019 And just about every session will be sold out, anyway. Paul Daugherty,, "Doc's Morning Line: This is what's left of 2019 for the Cincinnati Reds after loss to Cubs," 12 Aug. 2019 Tickets sell out quickly, particular for tours that coincide with two popular events: the Tecumseh Appleumpkin Festival and the Clinton Fall Festival. Micah Walker, Detroit Free Press, "All aboard: Experience fall colors on these historic trains in Michigan," 11 Aug. 2019 Several dates, including Halloween night, have already sold out. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Last ‘Haunted Mansion’ designer looks back on spooky Disney ride’s 50th anniversary," 9 Aug. 2019 But like most of her collaborations, this release will be sold out in no time. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Where to Shop Billie Eilish x Siberia Hills Anime Merch Collection Now," 8 Aug. 2019 Regardless of what Meghan releases later this year, her pieces will sell out immediately. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "What Meghan Markle's Workwear Capsule Collection Could Look Like," 30 July 2019 After launching in October 2018, the Airwrap sold out weeks later — literally by October 15, 2018, and the waitlist had over 133,000 people waiting to drop $549 for beautiful curls and waves without the damage caused by high heat. Amanda Mitchell, Allure, "The Sold-Out Dyson Airwrap Makes Its Triumphant Return," 23 July 2019 The Harriet sold out in 24 hours in Australia and the United States, where it also was backordered twice. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Wore Outland Denim, Putting the Brand on the Map—And Changed Lives in the Process," 21 July 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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11 Aug 2019

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The first known use of sellout was in 1796

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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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