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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
re•tail /ˈriteɪl/USA pronunciation
n. [uncountable]WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
adj. [before a noun]
- the sale of goods to individual consumers.
- of or relating to working in sales at retail.
- in a retail quantity or at a retail price:These sell at $50 retail.
re•tail•er, n. [countable]See -tail-.
- to (cause to) be sold directly to the consumer: [~ + object]to retail hardware goods.[no object]These shoes normally retail at $50 a pair.
(rē′tāl for 1–4, 6; ri tāl′ for 5),USA pronunciation n.
- the sale of goods to ultimate consumers, usually in small quantities (opposed to wholesale).
- pertaining to, connected with, or engaged in sale at retail:the retail price.
- in a retail quantity or at a retail price.
- to sell at retail;
sell directly to the consumer.
- to relate or repeat in detail to others:to retail scandal.
- to be sold at retail:It retails at 50 cents.
- Old French retailler
- Anglo-French: a cutting, derivative of retailler to cut, equivalent. to re- re- + tailler to cut (see tail2); (verb, verbal) Middle English retailen
- (noun, nominal) late Middle English 1375–1425
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
retail /ˈriːteɪl/ n
- the sale of goods individually or in small quantities to consumers
- of, relating to, or engaged in such selling: retail prices
- in small amounts or at a retail price
Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French retaillier to cut off, from re- + taillier to cut; see tailorˈretailer n
- to sell or be sold in small quantities to consumers
- /rɪˈteɪl/(transitive) to relate (gossip, scandal, etc) in detail, esp persistently
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