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. retailverb

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

  2. retailverb

    be sold at the retail level

    "These gems retail at thousands of dollars each"

  3. retailadverb

    sell on the retail market

  4. retailadverb

    at a retail price

    "I'll sell it to you retail only"


  1. retailnoun

    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. retailnoun

    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. retailverb

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

  4. retailverb

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

  5. retailadverb

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

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

  6. retailadjective

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

  7. 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

  2. Retailadjective

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

  3. Retailnoun

    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. Retailnoun

    to sell at second hand

  5. Retailnoun

    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

  6. 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  

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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

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  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. Marc Adesso:

    I could see the SEC encouraging the NYSE to put in place rules that might smooth such swings as a result of retail investment activity.

  2. Satish Meena:

    Everyone knew Amazon had a stake in Future Retail, and the deal didn't mention what would happen to Amazon's stake.

  3. Gavin Newsom:

    This is not new in the state... We've been organized in a very deliberative manner to address the issue of organized retail crime for a number of years, we are doubling down on those efforts today.

  4. Counterpoint Research analyst Tarun Pathak:

    It's not like without it Ashish Kabra can't have Ashish Kabra ambitions, if Ashish Kabra don't have Future [ Retail ].

  5. The Bernstein analysts:

    With around a third of Demant and Sonova sales coming from owned retail, this would be bad news particularly for those players.

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  • التجزئهArabic
  • търговия на дребноBulgarian
  • maloobchodCzech
  • detailhandel, detailsalgDanish
  • Einzelhandel, Einzelhandelsabsatz, KleinverkaufGerman
  • λιανεμπόριο, λιανική, λιανικά, λιανικόςGreek
  • venta al detalle, venta al por menorSpanish
  • vähittäin, vähittäiskauppa, vähittäismyynti, [[harjoittaa]] [[vähittäiskauppaa]], vähittäishinta, levittää, vähittäismyyntihinta, kertoaFinnish
  • खुदराHindi
  • vendita al dettaglio, al dettaglio, vendere al dettaglioItalian
  • 小売価格, 小売り, 小売Japanese
  • малопродажбаMacedonian
  • detailhandelDutch
  • detaljhandelNorwegian
  • varejo, retalho, vender a varejoPortuguese
  • vânzare cu amănuntul, vânzare cu bucataRomanian
  • [[розничный, [[продава́ть]] [[в]] [[розница, розница, розничный, [[в]] [[розницаRussian
  • detaljhandelSwedish
  • роздрібна торгівляUkrainian

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