deal·​er·​ship | \ ˈdē-lər-ˌship How to pronounce dealership (audio) \

Definition of dealership

: an authorized sales agency an automobile dealership

Examples of dealership in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For employees at workplaces where customers typically expect a handshake and may initiate one, at a car dealership or mortgage lender’s office, for example, this might be an idea worth stealing, at least in the time of coronavirus. Lila Maclellan, Quartz at Work, "How to politely decline a handshake," 6 Mar. 2020 That extra space also lets the tea leaves bounce around like the inflatable guys outside a car dealership, exposing them to more heat and water, which releases more flavor. Meryl Rothstein, Bon Appétit, "This Tea Strainer Made Me a Loose Leaf Convert," 3 Mar. 2020 And studies show that consumers, in China and elsewhere, still want to walk into a dealership and kick the tires before plunking down a pile of money for a new car. ... William Boston, WSJ, "As Coronavirus Hits China’s Car Sales, Auto Makers Take Show Online," 1 Mar. 2020 Just like a local car dealership giving $100,000 to a blue-chip linebacker who may or may not develop into a star, there are no guarantees. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Michigan State's Mel Tucker hire underscores type of competitive imbalance NCAA ignores," 12 Feb. 2020 The car manufacturer also suggested visiting a local Toyota dealership to have the vehicle inspected before the installation, but confirmed that all owners impacted by the recall will be notified via mail by mid-March. Joelle Goldstein,, "Toyota Recalls 2.9 Million Cars Over Airbag and Seatbelt Defect — Here’s How to Check Your Car," 22 Jan. 2020 The congressman has been involved in a number of lucrative businesses, including car dealerships that span much of the southeast, involvement in charter jet and yacht leasing, and the reinsurance business. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "The Wealthiest Members of Congress—And How They Made Their Millions," 31 Dec. 2019 As exports of Michoacan avocados boomed -- on their way to $2.4 billion last year -- luxury housing developments and car dealerships sprang up in Uruapan and elsewhere as swaths of forest were cleared to grow more. Arkansas Online, "Cartels now at war over avocados," 1 Dec. 2019 The existing office building was fully leased before it was finished to Ethos Group, a private firm that provides franchised automotive dealerships across the United States. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "Office plan would expand Irving’s Toyota Music Factory project," 2 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of dealership

1916, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of dealership was in 1916

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20 Mar 2020

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“Dealership.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Apr. 2020.

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: a business that sells a specified kind of product

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