from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A social debut.
  • n. A revelation or acknowledgment that one is a gay man, a lesbian, or a bisexual.


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  • "They would rather you were a drug addict than be gay," she told reporters at the time of her coming-out, which is chronicled in the upcoming documentary "Wish Me Away."

    Country singer Chely Wright weds girlfriend

  • How much fun to trade war stories aka coming-out stories, talk about each other’s crushes on female celebrities, and your disdain for the lack of lesbian films available!

    Same Sex in the City

  • If he had a singular coming-out game this season, it was the Giants' 37-34 victory in Dallas on Dec. 11.

    This Is a Big-Game Team, Right?

  • The dinner at New York's Four Seasons Hotel, a Wall Street coming-out party last April for Chinese conglomerate Fosun Group, was much like any other high-class corporate event—until Guo Guangchang , the company's chairman, changed from pinstripes into white silk pajamas to demonstrate his prowess at tai chi.

    Corporate China Spreads Its Wings

  • In fact, Iowa is turning into the coming-out party for this new kind of heavy campaign artillery.

    New Funding Rules Fuel Ad War, Shape Race

  • WHAT WENT RIGHT: It was largely a coming-out for senior point guard Ishmael Smith, who showed what he could do directing the offense on a regular basis.

    Atlantic Coast Conference

  • By the way, you may send coming-out presents and cake to my attention at The Huffington Post.

    My Coming Out Do-Over

  • And it all builds to a prolonged, brilliant segment on being gay and black that puts a racial spin on every coming-out cliché — making us see both with new eyes.

    Sykes is black, gay, 45 and finding humor in it all

  • * Redefining fiscal "seriousness": Lori Montgomery reports on the coming-out of the latest "Gang of Six" in town, a bipartisan group of Senators who are trying to come together behind a package of proposals to reduce the deficit.

    The Morning Plum

  • I think your coming-out gig tonight will do the trick.

    Etched in Bone


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