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dealership

[dee-ler-ship] /ˈdi lərˌʃɪp/
noun
1.
authorization to sell a commodity:
He got the dealership for the area after a long investigation into his credit status.
2.
a sales agency or distributor having such authorization.
Origin of dealership
1915-1920
1915-20; dealer + -ship
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n.

1916, from dealer + -ship.

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