outlet  /ˈaʊtˌlɛt/  noun


1 : something that people use to express their emotions or talents

  • emotional/artistic outlets

— often + for

  • She used poetry as an outlet for her sadness.
  • They needed a healthy outlet for their anger.
  • an outlet for his talents

2 : a store that sells products made usually by one company and often at reduced prices

  • designer clothing outlets
  • a discount furniture outlet
  • retail outlets
  • outlet stores

3 : a television, radio, or publishing company

  • media/news outlets
  • a cable TV outlet

4 : a device in a wall into which an electric cord can be plugged in order to provide electricity for a lamp, television, etc.

  • electrical outlets
  • a wall outlet

5 : a place or opening through which something can go out

  • an outlet for the air to escape
  • the river’s outlet to the sea