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 Celtics left several rows around the benches empty Sunday and officially announced a sellout crowd of 17,226, about 1,500 fewer than the building’s official capacity. Jimmy Golen,, 31 May 2021 The sellout crowd of 8,050 also got involved by serving up a heaping serving of boos throughout the game. oregonlive, 28 May 2021 The headlines were there, the Kaprizov highlights were seen often, but the buzz was missing the sellout crowds. Star Tribune, 18 May 2021 The sellout game is my least favorite restaurant business model. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, 6 May 2021 Katz hosted several sellout traditional Indian dinners at Fire Food + Drink, his former Shaker Square flagship restaurant, years ago. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, 27 Apr. 2021 That message means even more than last season, when the Fire’s return to the stadium was spoiled by COVID-19, first postponing a near-sellout before playing a season with empty stands. Jeremy Mikula,, 18 Apr. 2021 No traditional sellout crowds outside the state of Texas. USA Today, 1 Apr. 2021 The meticulous spring training home of the New York Yankees will host approximately 2,800 fans per game instead of its usual sellout crowds. Forbes, 28 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Switch console is so popular that retailers will often sell out for periods of time. Ciannah Gin, Forbes, 19 Mar. 2021 And just as with other popular pastry pop-ups, expect these to sell out. Omar Mamoon, San Francisco Chronicle, 3 Feb. 2021 The Beyhive swarmed Adidas' website earlier this year and caused the collection to sell out immediately, according to Adidas CEO Kasper Rørsted. Heran Mamo, Billboard, 19 Oct. 2020 Some weeks, sandwiches sell out in just a couple of days. Janelle Bitker, San Francisco Chronicle, 17 May 2021 The space gray versions, which attract a $20 price premium over the silver models, will probably sell out very quickly, as customers make the grab a last chance of buying them. David Phelan, Forbes, 15 May 2021 Some of the most popular discs sell out quickly and get re-sold on the secondary market for double or triple the original price. John Wilkens, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 May 2021 Owner Devin Bachelder is also among a small handful of ramp farmers who sell bulbs — more than 10,000 this year alone — along with ready-to-eat ramps, though both sell out very quickly. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 5 May 2021 Hurry though, because this popular skillet could sell out at any moment. Maren Estrada, BGR, 27 Apr. 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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10 Jun 2021

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“Sellout.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 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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