[out-let, -lit]
an opening or passage by which anything is let out; vent; exit.
a point on a wiring system at which current is taken to supply electric devices.
Also called outlet box. the metal box or receptacle designed to facilitate connections to a wiring system.
a means of expression or satisfaction: an outlet for one's artistic impulses.
a market for goods.
a store, merchant, or agency selling the goods of a particular wholesaler or manufacturer.
a local radio or television station that broadcasts the programs of a large network.
a river or stream flowing from a body of water, as a lake or pond.
the channel such a river or stream follows.
the lower end or mouth of a river where it meets a large body of water, as a lake or the sea.

1200–50; Middle English utlete. See out, let1

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outlet (ˈaʊtlɛt, -lɪt)
1.  an opening or vent permitting escape or release
2.  a means for release or expression of emotion, creative energy, etc
3.  a.  a market for a product or service
 b.  a commercial establishment retailing the goods of a particular producer or wholesaler
4.  a.  a channel that drains a body of water
 b.  the mouth of a river
5.  a point in a wiring system from which current can be taken to supply electrical devices
6.  anatomy the beginning or end of a passage, esp the lower opening of the pelvis (pelvic outlet)

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Word Origin & History

mid-13c., originally "a river mouth," from out + let (v.). Electrical wiring sense is attested from 1892. Meaning "a retail store" is attested from 1933.
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Example sentences
Cover with pie-crust in which several incisions have been made that there may
  be an outlet for escape of steam and gases.
Any smaller than this, and the computer would disappear inside the electrical
Anyone who needs their phone charged and won't be near an electrical outlet for
  a while would be smart to get one.
It's as if the reviewer had a grudge and finally found an outlet to unleash his
  hostile brand of negativity.
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