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

The Spirit played before a sellout crowd of 19,470 in a rare appearance at Audi Field, home of MLS’ D.C. United. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, "Soccer! Draw between Galaxy and LAFC left neither team satisfied," 27 Aug. 2019 The two teamed up July 12 to present the first sporting event at the casino, with a sellout crowd of 2,300 filling the Picasso Ballroom. Andrew Mahoney,, "Boxing returns to Encore Boston Harbor Friday," 22 Aug. 2019 What’s not to like about a sellout crowd, a bagpiper playing up the aisle and the delights of eating haggis? Heather Knight,, "Visiting every playground in SF in 1 summer: no walk in the park," 20 Aug. 2019 The Bellarmine gym has a capacity of 2,200 and a sellout is expected. Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, "How to get tickets for Indiana All-Star games vs. Kentucky (and see Romeo Langford play)," 2 May 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The book was completely sold out at the book fair by Friday, organizers told Agence France-Presse. Joshua Berlinger, CNN, "Censorship row makes superheroes' gay kiss front page news in Brazil," 9 Sep. 2019 But Oregon doesn’t sell out automatically anymore either. oregonlive, "Putting the Hawaii-Oregon State game on Facebook is a step in the right direction: Issues & Answers," 5 Sep. 2019 When your side has half the deck and a trump fit, don’t sell out cheaply. Frank Stewart, The Mercury News, "Bridge: Aug. 31, 2019," 31 Aug. 2019 That is, if they are not already sold out. 2:45 p.m. Kailyn Brown, Los Angeles Times, "Four Hours: Celebrating African American culture in Leimert Park," 23 Aug. 2019 The Harold’s #55 food trucks cook downtown on Fridays, one near Northwestern Hospital and the other near Willis Tower, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. or until sold out. Louisa Chu,, "Forget Popeyes: Make your own, Chicago-style fried chicken sandwich at Harold’s or Uncle Remus," 23 Aug. 2019 There’s no guaranteeing the wildly popular item won’t sell out again. Christie Calucchia,, "I Tried the Outdoor Voices Exercise Dress That Sold Out in Just One Week—and I Actually Liked It," 20 Aug. 2019 Last season, for the first time since 2011-12, Viejas did not sell out its non-student allotment (about 9,300) through season tickets that ranged from $199 to $1,750. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Turnstile attendance for SDSU men’s basketball continues to decline," 13 July 2019 Wine tasting: $40 in advance at website, $45 at entrance if not sold out. Greg Crawford, Detroit Free Press, "The weekend: Bill Maher, front-porch music in Ferndale, Arts and Acts in Northville," 19 June 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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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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