One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Movement or transfer from being inside a place or state to being outside it; emergence or development from a hidden to a visible stage. Formerly also concrete: †the passage out of a place (obsolete).
2The process of formally entering society as a young woman; an instance of this.
3Slang. Among homosexual men and women: the action or fact of becoming socially or sexually active within homosexual circles; the realization that one is homosexual. Now rare except as passing into sense 3b.
4The action or fact of openly acknowledging or declaring one's homosexuality.
Late Middle English; earliest use found in Guy de Chauliac's Grande Chirurgie. From coming + out: in sense 2 after to come out.
coming out/ˌkʌmɪŋ ˈaʊt/
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