variants: or less commonly point-of-sales \ ¦⸗⸗ˈ⸗ \

Definition of point-of-sale

: of or relating to the place (such as a check-out counter) where an item is purchased electronic point-of-sale terminals abbreviation POS

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First Known Use of point-of-sale

1936, in the meaning defined above

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“Point-of-sale.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/point-of-sale. Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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