What does sale mean?

Definitions for sale

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. salenoun

    a particular instance of selling

    "he has just made his first sale"; "they had to complete the sale before the banks closed"

  2. salenoun

    the general activity of selling

    "they tried to boost sales"; "laws limit the sale of handguns"

  3. sale, cut-rate sale, sales eventnoun

    an occasion (usually brief) for buying at specially reduced prices

    "they held a sale to reduce their inventory"; "I got some great bargains at their annual sale"

  4. salenoun

    the state of being purchasable; offered or exhibited for selling

    "you'll find vitamin C for sale at most pharmacies"; "the new line of cars will soon be on sale"

  5. sale, sales agreementnoun

    an agreement (or contract) in which property is transferred from the seller (vendor) to the buyer (vendee) for a fixed price in money (paid or agreed to be paid by the buyer)

    "the salesman faxed the sales agreement to his home office"


  1. salenoun

    An exchange of goods or services for currency or credit.

    He celebrated after the sale of company.

  2. salenoun

    A particular opportunity for a sale.

  3. salenoun

    The sale of goods at reduced prices.

    They are having a clearance sale: 50% off.

  4. salenoun

    The act of putting up for auction to the highest bidder.

  5. Salenoun

    A town in Greater Manchester, England

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. SALEnoun

    Etymology: saal, Dutch.

    Nothing doth more enrich any country than many towns; for the countrymen will be more industrious in tillage, and rearing of all husbandry commodities, knowing that they shall have ready sale for them at those towns. Edmund Spenser.

    Those that won the plate, and those thus sold, ought to be marked so as they may never return to the race, or to the sale. William Temple.

    The other is not a thing for sale, and only the gift of the gods. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.

    Others more moderate seeming, but their aim
    Private reward; for which both God and state
    They’d set to sale. John Milton, Agonistes.

    The more money a man spends, the more must he endeavour to increase his stock; which at last sets the liberty of a commonwealth to sale. Addison.

    To make baskets of bulrushes was my wont;
    Who to entrap the fish in winding sale
    Was better seen? Edmund Spenser.


  1. sale

    BOC Aviation is a majority state-owned global aircraft operating leasing company and the largest aircraft operating leasing company headquartered in Asia, as measured by the value of owned aircraft. BOC Aviation is listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (SEHK: 2588) and has its headquarters in Singapore with offices in Dublin, London, New York and Tianjin.


  1. sale

    A sale is the exchange of a commodity or service for money. It is a transaction between two parties where the buyer receives goods, services, or assets in return for money from the seller. A sale is generally agreed upon by both parties through negotiation or a set price.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Salenoun

    see 1st Sallow

  2. Saleverb

    the act of selling; the transfer of property, or a contract to transfer the ownership of property, from one person to another for a valuable consideration, or for a price in money

  3. Saleverb

    opportunity of selling; demand; market

  4. Saleverb

    public disposal to the highest bidder, or exposure of goods in market; auction

  5. Etymology: [Icel. sala, sal, akin to E. sell. See Sell, v. t.]


  1. Sale

    Sale is a town within the Metropolitan Borough of Trafford, in Greater Manchester, England. Historically part of Cheshire, the town lies on flat ground on the south bank of the River Mersey, 1.9 miles south of Stretford, 2.5 miles northeast of Altrincham, and 5.2 miles southwest of the city of Manchester. As of the 2001 United Kingdom census, it had a population of 55,000. Evidence of Stone Age, Roman, and Anglo-Saxon activity has been discovered locally. Throughout the Middle Ages, Sale was a rural township, linked ecclesiastically with neighbouring Ashton upon Mersey. In this period, its fertile fields and meadows were used for crops and cattle farming. By the 17th century Sale, had developed a thriving cottage industry, manufacturing garthweb, the woven material from which horses' saddle girths were made. The Bridgewater Canal reached the town in 1765, providing transport for goods and people, stimulating Sale's urbanisation. The arrival of the railway in 1849 triggered Sale's growth as a commuter town for Manchester and beyond, leading to an influx of middle class residents; by the end of the 19th century the town's population had more than tripled. Agriculture subsequently declined as service industries boomed.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sale

    sāl, n. act of selling: the exchange of anything for money: power or opportunity of selling: demand: public showing of goods to sell: auction.—adj. Sale′able, that may be sold: in good demand.—n. Sale′ableness.—adv. Sale′ably.—ns. Sale′room, an auction-room; Sales′man, a man who sells goods:—fem. Sales′woman.—adj. Sale′-tongued, mercenary.—n.pl. Sale′wares, merchandise.—n. Sale′work, work or things made for sale, or merely for sale: work carelessly done.—Forced sale, a sale compelled by a creditor; Terms of sale, the conditions imposed on a purchaser. [Scand., Ice. sala.]

  2. Sale

    sāl, n. (Spens.) a kind of basket-like net, made of sallows or willows. [A.S. sealh, willow.]

Editors Contribution

  1. Sale

    Noun; A special event where regular store items are sold, but for a less expensive amount than on any other day.

    When I went to the 50% off sale, I saw that the $200.42 IPhone was now only $100.21!

    Etymology: Old Norse: sala, old English: sala, English: sell ---> sale

    Submitted by anonymous on January 29, 2021  

  2. sale

    The act and process of to sell.

    The sale of the house was easy and simple.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 4, 2020  

Suggested Resources

  1. SALE

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. SALE

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Sale is ranked #9097 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Sale surname appeared 3,591 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Sale.

    86% or 3,091 total occurrences were White.
    6.1% or 219 total occurrences were Asian.
    3.1% or 114 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.2% or 81 total occurrences were Black.
    1.8% or 66 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.5% or 20 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'sale' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1159

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'sale' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1466

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'sale' in Nouns Frequency: #542

Anagrams for sale »

  1. ales

  2. ELAS

  3. Elsa

  4. seal

  5. SEAL

  6. lase

  7. leas

  8. slae

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sale in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sale in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of sale in a Sentence

  1. Richard Cohen:

    All of the publicity surrounding the sale of Confederate flags became too toxic to handle, and that’s a good thing.

  2. Mitch Hedberg:

    See, this CD is in stores. The only way I could get my last CD into a store was to take one in there and leave it. “Sir, you forgot this!” “No, I did not. That is for ‘sale’. Please alphabetize ‘it’.”

  3. Danielle Colby:

    We both came from a really small town and I heard of him, he had been picking for a long time, and he had heard of me because I liked to skate down on the river with my kids and some friends. Basically he ran into me and we were at a yard sale and I was really sassy with him of course. He thought that was funny… There are people that you just collide with in life and you don’t understand why... I think we just bonded really early, and we’ve been having adventures ever since.

  4. Mario Silva:

    We have had very positive and uplifting conversations with shareholders in PT SGPS, indeed, two and a half months ago the shareholders that met at a shareholder assembly ratified the idea of advancing with the merger (with Oi), not the sale of PT Portugal.

  5. Tim Rezvan:

    The (Oxy) sale price shows the stark reality that operators trying to sell non-core acreage face in a sub-$50 per barrel oil world face.

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