retail


1re·tail

verb \ˈrē-ˌtāl, especially for 2 also ri-ˈtāl\

: to sell (something) to customers for their own use

: to be sold to the final customer for a specified price

: to tell (something) to one person after another : to tell (something) again

Full Definition of RETAIL

transitive verb
1
:  to sell in small quantities directly to the ultimate consumer
2
:  tell, retell
intransitive verb
:  to sell at retail
re·tail·er noun

Examples of RETAIL

  1. We retail clothing at the best possible prices.
  2. jewelry that retails from $100

First Known Use of RETAIL

15th century

2re·tail

noun \ˈrē-ˌtāl\

: the business of selling things directly to customers for their own use

Full Definition of RETAIL

:  the sale of commodities or goods in small quantities to ultimate consumers; also :  the industry of such selling
at retail
1
:  at a retailer's price
2
:  4retail

Examples of RETAIL

  1. She has a job in retail.

Origin of RETAIL

Middle English, from Anglo-French retaille cutting, deduction, retail, from retailler to cut out, from re- + tailler to cut — more at tailor
First Known Use: 15th century

Other Business Terms

amortize, caveat emptor, clearinghouse, divest, due diligence, emolument, green-collar, marque, overhead, perquisite

3re·tail

adjective \ˈrē-ˌtāl\

: relating to the business of selling things directly to customers for their own use

Full Definition of RETAIL

:  of, relating to, or engaged in the sale of commodities at retail <retail trade>

Examples of RETAIL

  1. Is that price retail or wholesale?

First Known Use of RETAIL

1601

Other Business Terms

amortize, caveat emptor, clearinghouse, divest, due diligence, emolument, green-collar, marque, overhead, perquisite

4re·tail

adverb \ˈrē-ˌtāl\

: in a store that sells things directly to customers for their own use : from a retailer

Full Definition of RETAIL

:  in small quantities :  from a retailer

Examples of RETAIL

  1. You usually have to pay more if you buy something retail than if you buy it wholesale.
  2. The product sells retail for about $100.

First Known Use of RETAIL

1784

Other Business Terms

amortize, caveat emptor, clearinghouse, divest, due diligence, emolument, green-collar, marque, overhead, perquisite

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