authorization to sell a commodity: He got the dealership for the area after a long investigation into his credit status.
a sales agency or distributor having such authorization.

1915–20; dealer + -ship Unabridged
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dealer (ˈdiːlə)
1.  a person or firm engaged in commercial purchase and sale; trader: a car dealer
2.  cards the person who distributes the cards
3.  slang a person who sells illegal drugs

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Example sentences
And it is already making its way into an auto dealership near you.
As a result, the dealership and automaker get an additional sale.
It had been a storage facility for a local luxury-car dealership, which was
So it is also sensible for them to visit the dealership with the fullest range
  and the best customer service.
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