whole·​sal·​er | \ ˈhōl-ˌsā-lər How to pronounce wholesaler (audio) \

Definition of wholesaler

: a merchant middleman who sells chiefly to retailers, other merchants, or industrial, institutional, and commercial users mainly for resale or business use

Examples of wholesaler in a Sentence

a leading wholesaler in the book business

Recent Examples on the Web

In recent weeks, two industry groups — one representing wine and liquor wholesalers, the other representing large producers — have thrown their weight behind coalitions lobbying to get autonomous vehicles on the road faster. Washington Post, latimes.com, "Liquor industry is pushing to get self-driving cars on the road," 13 Mar. 2018 Between fishers, processors, distributors, exporters, importers and wholesalers, seafood can change hands up to 20 times. Gemma Zoe Price, WSJ, "The Fish Industry Is Plagued by Poor Quality and Fraud. One Chef Is Working to Combat It," 19 July 2018 Companies in the drug channel — manufacturers, wholesalers, pharmacy benefit managers, and chain pharmacies — have increased their revenue streams by passing costs to patients. Irl Hirsch, STAT, "Paying the price for insulin," 17 May 2018 The bill would also let towns that host retailers, growers, wholesalers and processors levy taxes as well, up to 3 percent in some cases. Mike Catalini, The Seattle Times, "New Jersey’s push to legalize recreational marijuana stalls," 25 Mar. 2019 Companies’ early efforts have focused on deregulated power markets such as in Texas, where customers can shop among numerous retail electricity companies, who in turn buy power from wholesalers. Bradley Olson, WSJ, "Google, Amazon Seek Foothold in Electricity as Home Automation Grows," 27 Jan. 2019 While the Mibelas birth control was distributed nationwide to pharmacies, clinics and wholesalers, no unwanted pregnancies have been reported yet. Lyndsey Matthews, Marie Claire, "On the Pill? This Brand Was Just Recalled Because of a Packaging Error," 9 June 2017 Grout's farm was also one of the first agricultural wholesalers to sell apples to Cuba when Clinton relaxed the trade embargo in 1999. Francine Maroukian, Popular Mechanics, "How They Make Applejack Whiskey," 24 Nov. 2016 Ivanka partnered with a diamond wholesaler for the company and licensed her name. Megan Friedman, Town & Country, "The Rise and Fall of Ivanka Trump’s Fashion Line," 24 July 2018

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First Known Use of wholesaler

circa 1800, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of wholesaler

: a person or company that sells things to businesses and not to individuals

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