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 Officials have repeatedly pointed to a severe cutback in the early 1990s, when the San Diego region was almost completely reliant on the state’s largest wholesaler, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. Joshua Emerson Smith, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego’s soaring water rates have avocado, other growers eyeing break with county," 10 Apr. 2021 Levitetz is the scion of Purity Wholesale Grocers, a wholesaler in Boca Raton founded by his father, Jeffrey, that distributes specialty goods to 48 states. Phillip Valys, sun-sentinel.com, "For Easter, Delray Beach chocolate factory is a wonderland of bunnies and eggs," 2 Apr. 2021 Rogers refers to the system where a wine company sells to the wholesaler, who sells to the distributor, who sells to the consumer. Jillian Dara, Forbes, "How This DTC Wine Platform Is Engaging Sommeliers And Educating Consumers To Revolutionize The Way We Buy Wine," 9 Mar. 2021 But Barnard, the shy daughter of a Pacific Northwest timber wholesaler, never felt a part of it. oregonlive, "Mary Barnard brought Sappho into 20th century, infusing the lusty ancient Greek with ‘cutting clarity’ of Pacific Northwest," 8 Mar. 2021 Our roastery and coffee shop are focused on specialty coffee, distributing coffee as a wholesaler and retail store. Roger Sands, Forbes, "Neighborhood To Watch: The Village Of West Greenville, South Carolina," 4 Mar. 2021 The pharmaceutical wholesaler can act so generously thanks to a tricky maneuver: excluding the cost of legal settlements for evaluating executives. Ed Silverman, STAT, "‘Deeply problematic’: AmerisourceBergen rewards its CEO despite the ravages of the opioid crisis," 14 Mar. 2021 The company’s largest customers include the wholesaler Costco and the fast-food chain Kentucky Fried Chicken. Jordan Strickler, Forbes, "Pilgrim’s Pride First To Plead Guilty In Price-Fixing Scheme," 25 Feb. 2021 In the Gulf of Mexico, Del Pacifico, a wholesaler of shrimp certified as fair trade, equips its boats with a solar-powered tracker from a company called Pelagic Data Systems. Popular Science, "Post-pandemic seafood could be more sustainable. Here’s how tech is driving the change.," 23 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of wholesaler

circa 1800, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of wholesaler was circa 1800

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12 Apr 2021

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“Wholesaler.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wholesaler. Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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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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