Definitions for retailˈri teɪl for 1-4,6,7 ; rɪˈteɪl for 5

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

re•tailˈri teɪl for 1-4,6,7 ; rɪˈteɪl for 5(n.)

  1. the sale of goods to ultimate consumers, usu. in small quantities (opposed to wholesale).

  2. (adj.)pertaining to, connected with, or engaged in sale at retail.

  3. (adv.)in a retail quantity or at a retail price.

  4. (v.t.)to sell at retail; sell directly to the consumer.

  5. to relate or repeat in detail to others:

    to retail scandal.

  6. (v.i.)to be sold at retail.

Origin of retail:

1375–1425; (n.) late ME < AF: a cutting, der. of retailler to cut =re-re - +tailler to cut (see tail2); (v.) ME retailen < OF retailler


Princeton's WordNet

  1. retail(verb)

    the selling of goods to consumers; usually in small quantities and not for resale

  2. retail(verb)

    be sold at the retail level

    "These gems retail at thousands of dollars each"

  3. retail(adverb)

    sell on the retail market

  4. retail(adverb)

    at a retail price

    "I'll sell it to you retail only"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. retail(noun)ˈri teɪl for 1-4,6,7; rɪˈteɪl for 5

    the selling of goods to the public

    jobs in retail; retail outlets


  1. retail(Noun)

    The sale of goods directly to the consumer; encompassing the storefronts, mail-order, websites, etc., and the corporate mechanisms, branding, advertising, etc. that support them, which are involved in the business of selling and point-of-sale marketing retail goods to the public.

    She works in retail.

  2. retail(Noun)

    Retail price; full price; an abbreviated expression, meaning the full suggested price of a particular good or service, before any sale, discount, or other deal.

    I never pay retail for clothes.

  3. retail(Verb)

    To sell at retail, or in small quantities directly to customers.

  4. retail(Verb)

    To repeat or circulate (news or rumours) to others.

  5. retail(Adverb)

    Direct to consumers, in retail quantities, or at retail prices.

    We've shut shown our reseller unit. We're only selling retail now.

  6. retail(Adjective)

    Of, or relating to the (actual or figurative) sale of goods or services directly to individuals.

  7. Origin: From the verb retaillier.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Retail

    the sale of commodities in small quantities or parcels; -- opposed to wholesale; sometimes, the sale of commodities at second hand

  2. Retail(adj)

    done at retail; engaged in retailing commodities; as a retail trade; a retail grocer

  3. Retail(noun)

    to sell in small quantities, as by the single yard, pound, gallon, etc.; to sell directly to the consumer; as, to retail cloth or groceries

  4. Retail(noun)

    to sell at second hand

  5. Retail(noun)

    to distribute in small portions or at second hand; to tell again or to many (what has been told or done); to report; as, to retail slander


  1. Retail

    Retail is a syndicated comic strip distributed by King Features Syndicate. It is authored and illustrated by Norm Feuti. It made its newspaper debut on January 1, 2006, and then gained quickly in popularity following articles in The New York Times and TIME Magazine.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'retail' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4512

  2. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'retail' in Adjectives Frequency: #606

Anagrams of retail

  1. aliter, lirate

  2. Aliter

  3. Lirate

Translations for retail

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


relating to the sale of goods in this way

a retail price.

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