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[kuhm-ing-out] /ˈkʌm ɪŋˈaʊt/
a debut into society, especially a formal debut by a debutante.
an acknowledgment of one's homosexuality, either to oneself or publicly.
Origin of coming-out
1805-15; noun use of verb phrase come out; see -ing1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • She had a superstitious feeling that her coming-out ball at Newport was to mark an important crisis in her life.

    Shadows of Flames Amelie Rives
  • Here she was, at last, brought up to the point of a coming-out party.

    The Prodigal Village Irving Bacheller
  • Also she wore her coming-out string of modest pearls and a slightly defiant, somewhat frightened, expression.

    Long Live the King Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • She thought my coming-out winter was a good time to begin it.

    Selina George Madden Martin
  • Oh, we'll see you to-night at Carrie's coming-out affair, of course.

    The Voice of the People Ellen Glasgow
  • The occasion was as important to the school as a coming-out party.

    The Wishing Moon Louise Elizabeth Dutton
  • And here's Bab in the dress she wore at her coming-out tea—isn't it dear?

    The Story Of Julia Page Kathleen Norris

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