What does retail mean?

Definitions for retail
ˈri teɪl for 1-4,6,7 ; rɪˈteɪl for 5re·tail

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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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Retailnoun

    Sale by small quantities.

    Etymology: from the verb.

    The author, to prevent such a monopoly of sense, is resolved to deal in it himself by retail. Addison.

    We force a wretched trade by beating down the sale,
    And selling basely by retail. Jonathan Swift, Miscellanies.

  2. To RETAILverb

    Etymology: retailler, Fr.

    Bound with triumphant garlands will I come,
    And lead thy daughter to a conqueror’s bed;
    To whom I will retail my conquest won,
    And she shall be sole victress, Cæsar’s Cæsar. William Shakespeare.

    All encouragement should be given to artificers; and those, who make, should also vend and retail their commodities. John Locke.

    The sage dame,
    By names of toasts, retails each batter’d jade. Alexander Pope.

    He is furnish’d with no certainties,
    More than he haply may retail from me. William Shakespeare.


  1. Retail

    Retail is the sale of goods and services to consumers, in contrast to wholesaling, which is sale to business or institutional customers. A retailer purchases goods in large quantities from manufacturers, directly or through a wholesaler, and then sells in smaller quantities to consumers for a profit. Retailers are the final link in the supply chain from producers to consumers. Retail markets and shops have a very ancient history, dating back to antiquity. Some of the earliest retailers were itinerant peddlers. Over the centuries, retail shops were transformed from little more than "rude booths" to the sophisticated shopping malls of the modern era. In the digital age, an increasing number of retailers are seeking to reach broader markets by selling through multiple channels, including both bricks and mortar and online retailing. Digital technologies are also affecting the way that consumers pay for goods and services. Retailing support services may also include the provision of credit, delivery services, advisory services, stylist services and a range of other supporting services. Most modern retailers typically make a variety of strategic level decisions including the type of store, the market to be served, the optimal product assortment, customer service, supporting services, and the store's overall market positioning. Once the strategic retail plan is in place, retailers devise the retail mix which includes product, price, place, promotion, personnel, and presentation.


  1. retail

    Retail refers to the business process of selling goods or services directly to end consumers for their personal, non-business use. This usually happens through various distribution channels such as stores, online platforms, or mail order catalogs. The aim of retail is to earn a profit by providing customers with a convenient shopping experience and products that meet their needs.

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

  2. lirate

  3. tailer

  4. retial

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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. Jason Gardner:

    We have gotten close with them over the years, they are doing a lot in retail, they are building a pretty large challenger bank and that is something we focus on.

  2. Christine Li:

    I am pessimistic about retail here.

  3. Kim Forrest:

    The smaller names aren’t in everybody’s portfolio, the bigger names are, that’s why I would assume retail and institutional investors are selling their tech, maybe the big cap is really the consumer-focused tech and media names and they deserve the selloff because they are not performing.

  4. Carlos Hernandez:

    This is a good moment to expand again, particularly in the low-cost segment, as salaries are and will continue to be low in the years ahead and growth will come particularly from these low and low-to-mid retail segments.

  5. Abhute Bahety:

    As per one record, over 5000 retail investors and marginal traders had committed suicides in 2008 stock market crash. And then real estate market has slumped as many properties were attached of stock market losers. The same story seems to be unfolding in 2022 as capital market continue to fall

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Translations for retail

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  • التجزئهArabic
  • търговия на дребноBulgarian
  • maloobchodCzech
  • detailhandel, detailsalgDanish
  • Einzelhandel, Einzelhandelsabsatz, KleinverkaufGerman
  • λιανική, λιανεμπόριο, λιανικός, λιανικάGreek
  • venta al por menor, venta al detalleSpanish
  • vähittäismyynti, vähittäiskauppa, vähittäin, levittää, vähittäismyyntihinta, vähittäishinta, kertoa, [[harjoittaa]] [[vähittäiskauppaa]]Finnish
  • vente au détailFrench
  • 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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