out·let / ˈoutˌlet/ • n. a means by which something escapes, passes, or is released, in particular: ∎ a pipe or hole through which water or gas may escape. ∎ the mouth of a river. ∎ a point in an electrical circuit from which current may be drawn. ∎ a place from which goods are sold or distributed: a fast-food outlet. ∎ a retail store that sells the goods of a specific manufacturer or brand: [as adj.] an outlet store. ∎ a retail store offering discounted merchandise, esp. overstocked or irregular items. ∎ a market for goods: the indoor markets in Moscow were an outlet for surplus collective-farm produce. ∎ fig. a means of expressing one's talents, energy, or emotions: writing became the main outlet for his energies.