View synonyms for coming out

coming out

or com·ing-out

[ kuhm-ing-out ]


  1. a debut into society, especially a formal debut by a debutante.
  2. one's acknowledgment and public disclosure of a sexual orientation or gender identity that does not conform to socially defined norms:

    How did your parents respond to your coming out?

  3. an acknowledgment of a surprising interest or hobby, or an unexpected identification as part of a fandom, a supporter of a particular political party, etc.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of coming out1

First recorded in 1805–15; noun use of verb phrase come out; -ing 1
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Example Sentences

“I think for trans men who are dating every time they hook up they have another coming out,” Sandler said.

David Greenberg at Rutgers University has a book coming out next year on political spin.

It was a coming-out story of sorts told with self-effacing un-sentimentality.

As I was coming out, my sister [Valerie] tugged on me and said, ‘That’s the boy who kicked me off my bicycle.

He was coming out of a relationship and was in a fragile place himself.

While I was watching over my shoulder, three or four sandeaters coming out of the back room shoved me aside to get at him.

He was coming out, like myself, to sniff the air; and I was not surprised, for its sweetness after the rain was intoxicating.

A poor vendor of pamphlets and newspapers, coming out of a reading-room, was accused of selling books favorable to royalty.

The stars are coming out one by one, and the floating lights have already hoisted their never-failing signals.

On coming out his skin would be shining like ebony, and he would squeal with pleasure as I rubbed water down his back.