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An outlet can be any point along a wiring system where current is taken to supply equipment, though in residential electrical work will most commonly refer to a:

Lighting Outlet. An outlet intended for the direct connection of a lampholder or luminaire.
Receptacle Outlet. An outlet where one or more receptacles are installed.
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Power Outlet. An enclosed assembly that may include receptacles, circuit breakers, fuseholders, fused switches, buses, and watt-hour meter mounting means; intended to supply and control power to mobile homes, recreational vehicles, park trailers, or boats or to serve as a means for distributing power required to operate mobile or temporarily installed equipment.

Outlet is sometimes used colloquially to refer to what is defined as a receptacle by the National Electrical Code (NEC).

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