AskDefine | Define outlet

Dictionary Definition



1 a place of business for retailing goods [syn: mercantile establishment, retail store, sales outlet]
2 receptacle providing a place in a wiring system where current can be taken to run electrical devices [syn: wall socket, wall plug, electric outlet, electrical outlet, electric receptacle]
3 an opening that permits escape or release; "he blocked the way out"; "the canyon had only one issue" [syn: exit, issue, way out]
4 activity that releases or expresses creative energy or emotion; "she had no other outlet for her feelings"; "he gave vent to his anger" [syn: release, vent]

User Contributed Dictionary




out + let


  1. a vent or similar passage to allow the escape of something
  2. something which allows for the release of one's desires
  3. a river that runs out of a lake
  4. a shop that sells the products of a particular manufacturer or supplier
  5. a wall-mounted device such as a socket or receptacle connected to an electrical system at which current is taken to supply utilization equipment or appliances.


release of desires
wall-mounted socket

Extensive Definition

Outlet may mean:
  • A type of instance variable used for graphical user interface programming in the OpenStep / Cocoa environment
  • Outlet, Ontario, a community in Canada
  • The Outlet Company, a defunct retail and broadcasting company

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