Etymology
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outlet (n.)

"place or opening by which anything is let out or escapes," mid-13c., "a river mouth," from out- + let (v.). Electrical wiring sense, "socket that connects a device to an electricity supply," is attested from 1892. The commercial sense of "a market for the sale of any product" is by 1889; that of "a retail store disposing of a manufacturer's products" is attested by 1933. Figurative sense "means of relief or discharge" is from 1620s.

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Definitions of outlet

outlet (n.)
a place of business for retailing goods;
Synonyms: mercantile establishment / retail store / sales outlet
outlet (n.)
receptacle providing a place in a wiring system where current can be taken to run electrical devices;
Synonyms: wall socket / wall plug / electric outlet / electrical outlet / electric receptacle
outlet (n.)
an opening that permits escape or release;
Synonyms: exit / issue / way out
outlet (n.)
activity that frees or expresses creative energy or emotion;
she had no other outlet for her feelings
Synonyms: release / vent
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