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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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

    The Prodigal Village

    Irving Bacheller

  • And here's Bab in the dress she wore at her coming-out tea—isn't it dear?

  • She thought my coming-out winter was a good time to begin it.


    George Madden Martin

  • She came out last fall, and I gave her a coming-out tea, of course.

    Vistas of New York

    Brander Matthews

  • The occasion was as important to the school as a coming-out party.

    The Wishing Moon

    Louise Elizabeth Dutton