What does Wholesale mean?

Definitions for Wholesaleˈhoʊlˌseɪl

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

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.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Wholesale in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Wholesale in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Brock Chisholm:

    You can only cure retail but you can prevent wholesale.

  2. Steve Sawyer:

    Certainly, the wholesale price for distillates is under a lot of pressure.

  3. Los Angeles:

    There have not been the wholesale layoffs or cutbacks that we were told would occur.

  4. Chief Executive Louis Vachon:

    We still see many short-term and long-term trends which remain very favorable to our wholesale banking segment.

  5. Former Sen. Bob Dole:

    If he's the nominee, we're going to have wholesale losses in Congress and state offices and governors and legislatures.

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