Definitions for Wholesaleˈhoʊlˌseɪl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

whole•saleˈhoʊlˌseɪl(n.; adj.; adv.; v.)-saled, -sal•ing.

  1. (n.)the sale of goods in quantity, as to retailers.

    Category: Business

  2. (adj.)of, pertaining to, or engaged in sale by wholesale.

    Category: Business

  3. extensive; broadly indiscriminate:

    wholesale discharge of workers.

  4. (adv.)on wholesale terms.

  5. in large quantities; on a large scale, esp. without discrimination.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  6. (v.i.)to sell by wholesale.

    Category: Business

Origin of wholesale:

1375–1425; late ME, from the phrase by hole sale in gross; see whole , sale


Princeton's WordNet

  1. wholesale(adj)

    the selling of goods to merchants; usually in large quantities for resale to consumers

  2. sweeping, wholesale(verb)

    ignoring distinctions

    "sweeping generalizations"; "wholesale destruction"

  3. wholesale(adverb)

    sell in large quantities

  4. wholesale(adverb)

    at a wholesale price

    "I can sell it to you wholesale"

  5. wholesale, in large quantities(adverb)

    on a large scale without careful discrimination

    "I buy food wholesale"


  1. wholesale(Noun)

    The sale of products, often in large quantities, to retailers or other merchants

  2. wholesale(Verb)

    To sell at wholesale.

  3. wholesale(Adverb)

    in bulk or large quantity

  4. wholesale(Adverb)


  5. wholesale(Adjective)

    of, or relating to sale in large quantities, for resale

  6. wholesale(Adjective)

    extensive, indiscriminate, all-encompassing or blanket

Webster Dictionary

  1. Wholesale(noun)

    sale of goods by the piece or large quantity, as distinguished from retail

  2. Wholesale(adj)

    pertaining to, or engaged in, trade by the piece or large quantity; selling to retailers or jobbers rather than to consumers; as, a wholesale merchant; the wholesale price

  3. Wholesale(adj)

    extensive and indiscriminate; as, wholesale slaughter


  1. Wholesale

    Wholesaling, jobbing, or distributing is the sale of goods or merchandise to retailers; to industrial, commercial, institutional, or other professional business users; or to other wholesalers and related subordinated services. In general, it is the sale of goods to anyone other than a standard consumer. In the United Kingdom, the Cash and Carry is a term used describe a wholesale warehouse, particularly those that are open to the general public on payment of a subscription. According to the United Nations Statistics Division, "wholesale" is the resale of new and used goods to retailers, to industrial, commercial, institutional or professional users, or to other wholesalers, or involves acting as an agent or broker in buying merchandise for, or selling merchandise to, such persons or companies. Wholesalers frequently physically assemble, sort and grade goods in large lots, break bulk, repack and redistribute in smaller lots. While wholesalers of most products usually operate from independent premises, wholesale marketing for foodstuffs can take place at specific wholesale markets where all traders are congregated. Traditionally, wholesalers were closer to the markets they supplied than the source from which they got the products.

Translations for Wholesale

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(also adverb) buying and selling goods on a large scale, usually from a manufacturer and to a retailer

a wholesale business; He buys the materials wholesale.

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