What does Retail mean?

Definitions for Retail
ˈri teɪl for 1-4,6,7 ; rɪˈteɪl for 5Re·tail

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Retail.

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"


  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.

    Etymology: From the verb retaillier.

  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.

    Etymology: From the verb retaillier.

  3. retail(Verb)

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

    Etymology: From the verb retaillier.

  4. retail(Verb)

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

    Etymology: From the verb retaillier.

  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.

    Etymology: From the verb retaillier.

  6. retail(Adjective)

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

    Etymology: 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

    Etymology: [F. retaille piece cut off, shred, paring, or OF. retail, from retailler. See Retail, v.]

  2. Retail(adj)

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

    Etymology: [F. retaille piece cut off, shred, paring, or OF. retail, from retailler. See Retail, v.]

  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

    Etymology: [F. retaille piece cut off, shred, paring, or OF. retail, from retailler. See Retail, v.]

  4. Retail(noun)

    to sell at second hand

    Etymology: [F. retaille piece cut off, shred, paring, or OF. retail, from retailler. See Retail, v.]

  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

    Etymology: [F. retaille piece cut off, shred, paring, or OF. retail, from retailler. See Retail, v.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Retail

    rē-tāl′, v.t. to sell or deal out in small parts: to sell in broken parts, or at second hand: to hand down by report.—adj. pertaining to retail.—ns. Rē′tail, the sale of goods in small quantities; Retail′er; Retail′ment. [Fr. retailler, to cut again—re-, again, tailler, to cut.]

Editors Contribution

  1. retail

    To sell commodities, goods and products to customers.

    Retails businesses sell direct to customers.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 11, 2020  

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 for Retail »

  1. aliter, lirate

  2. Aliter

  3. Lirate

How to pronounce Retail?

  1. Alex
    US English

How to say Retail in sign language?

  1. retail


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Retail in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Retail in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of Retail in a Sentence

  1. Nicholas Smith:

    We've had a decent run and a lot of the panic we've seen in the markets has subsided because things are looking so strong in the U.S., today looks like a fairly defensive day, with domestics like retail and pharmaceutical taking the lead.

  2. Dev Sanyal:

    The renewables business last year was free cash flow generative... we've been moving in a positive trajectory over the past three years, today we have industrial customers and over time there could be retail customers.

  3. Ethan Brown:

    We're repurposing lines that were running for food service to retail ... So this is not about just waiting this out, it's about how do we reroute to get to the consumer.

  4. Thomas Lee:

    Incremental retail and institutional demand was expected to materialise in 2018, but regulatory actions by the SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) have impaired progress, the SEC has taken needed steps in 2018, targeting ICO (initial coin offerings) scams, but the uncertainty around which projects are securities versus commodities has created substantial uncertainty.

  5. The New York Times:

    We're confident that given our wide retail distribution, readers will have no trouble finding The New York Times for sale at nearby outlets.

Images & Illustrations of Retail

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Translations for Retail

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  • търговия на дребноBulgarian
  • maloobchodCzech
  • detailsalg, detailhandelDanish
  • Einzelhandel, Einzelhandelsabsatz, KleinverkaufGerman
  • λιανικά, λιανεμπόριο, λιανικός, λιανικήGreek
  • venta al por menor, venta al detalleSpanish
  • kertoa, vähittäismyynti, vähittäiskauppa, levittää, vähittäismyyntihinta, vähittäishinta, vähittäin, [[harjoittaa]] [[vähittäiskauppaa]]Finnish
  • खुदराHindi
  • al dettaglio, vendita al dettaglio, vendere al dettaglioItalian
  • 小売, 小売価格, 小売りJapanese
  • малопродажбаMacedonian
  • detailhandelDutch
  • detaljhandelNorwegian
  • vender a varejo, varejo, retalhoPortuguese
  • vânzare cu bucata, vânzare cu amănuntulRomanian
  • [[в]] [[розница, розничный, розница, [[продава́ть]] [[в]] [[розница, [[розничныйRussian
  • detaljhandelSwedish
  • роздрібна торгівляUkrainian

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