\ ˈspin-ˌȯf \

Definition of spin-off 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the distribution by a business to its stockholders of particular assets and especially of stock of another company also : the new company created by such a distribution

2 : a collateral or derived product or effect : by-product also : a number of such products the spin-off from the space program

3 : something that is imitative or derivative of an earlier work, product, or establishment especially : a television show starring a character popular in a secondary role of an earlier show

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Definition of spin off (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to establish or produce as a spin-off the company spun off its computer division spin off a new TV series

intransitive verb

: to establish or become a spin-off

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Synonyms & Antonyms for spin-off

Synonyms: Noun

by-product, derivate, derivation, derivative, offshoot, outgrowth

Antonyms: Noun

origin, root, source

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Thank you @TelevisionAcad for recognizing our Late Night show and the spin off shows it’s spawned. Thr Staff, The Hollywood Reporter, "Emmys: Late-Night Hosts Celebrate and Poke Fun at Nominations," 12 July 2018 An own-goal from Brazil midfielder Fernandinho put his team on the back foot after just 13 minutes, losing concentration on a Belgium corner and allowing the back to spin off his arm and into goalkeeper Alisson’s net. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Belgium fights off Brazil's comeback to reach World Cup semifinals," 6 July 2018 The payout won’t disappear completely, and a potential cut will only happen in line with the move to spin off the health unit, Heymann said. Rick Clough, Bloomberg.com, "GE Exits Health, Oil as CEO Shrinks Onetime Titan to Save It," 26 June 2018 Leon could either approve the deal, block the deal or approve it with major divestitures, such as spinning off DirecTV or Turner Broadcasting, which includes CNN. Meg James, latimes.com, "A day of reckoning for AT&T, Time Warner Inc. — and the Justice Department," 12 June 2018 Morgan Stanley and other banks advised Agile on spinning off a unit in Hong Kong in February. Julie Steinberg, WSJ, "Difficult Conversation: When the Harasser Is a Client," 6 July 2018 Just a month after spinning off its transportation business, GE (ge, +2.04%) is nearing a deal to sell off a unit that makes industrial engines. Hallie Detrick, Fortune, "Why GE Is Selling Another Part of Its Business to a Private Equity Firm," 25 June 2018 The idea of spinning off a toy, first created in 1949, into a movie (and vice versa) isn’t new, of course. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Solo: A Star Wars Story is the safest, most forgettable Star Wars movie," 24 May 2018 Dish's parent company EchoStar acquired Sling Media in 2007, a few months before spinning off the EchoStar equipment business from Dish Network. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, "AirTV lets cord cutters stream free local TV channels at home and on the go," 23 May 2018

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First Known Use of spin-off


1950, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1950, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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English Language Learners Definition of spin-off

: a television program, movie, book, etc., that is based on characters from another television program, movie, book, etc.

: a new company created by a large company

: something useful that results from work done to produce something else


\ ˈspin-ˌȯf, -ˌäf \

Legal Definition of spin-off 

: a transfer of corporate assets to a subsidiary in return for a distribution to the shareholders of the corporation of all of the stock or controlling stock of the subsidiary without surrender of any stock by the shareholders of the corporation : a D reorganization involving a distribution of the stock of another company to the corporation's shareholders also : a new company created by such a distribution — compare split-off, split-up

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