[ree-teyl for 1–4, 6; ri-teyl for 5]
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.
verb (used with object)
to sell at retail; sell directly to the consumer.
to relate or repeat in detail to others: to retail scandal.
verb (used without object)
to be sold at retail: It retails at 50 cents.

1375–1425; (noun) late Middle English < Anglo-French: a cutting, derivative of retailler to cut, equivalent to re- re- + tailler to cut (see tail2); (v.) Middle English retailen < Old French retailler

retailer, noun
nonretail, adjective
nonretailer, noun Unabridged
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retail (ˈriːteɪl)
1.  Compare wholesale the sale of goods individually or in small quantities to consumers
2.  of, relating to, or engaged in such selling: retail prices
3.  in small amounts or at a retail price
4.  to sell or be sold in small quantities to consumers
5.  (tr) to relate (gossip, scandal, etc) in detail, esp persistently
[C14: from Old French retaillier to cut off, from re- + taillier to cut; see tailor]

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Word Origin & History

mid-14c. (implied in retailing), from O.Fr. retaillier "to cut off, pare, clip, divide," from re- "back" + taillier "to cut, trim" (see tailor). Sense of "recount, tell over again" is first recorded 1590s. The noun meaning "sale in small quantities" is from early 15c., from
M.Fr. retail "piece cut off, shred, scrap, paring."
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Cultural Dictionary

retail definition

A term describing businesses that sell goods directly to individuals. (Compare wholesale.)

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Example sentences
Retail companies with one or more establishments that sell merchandise and related services to final consumers.
The latest buzz in the retail industry isn't about hemlines or projections of
  holiday sales.
However offering credit for work experience in a retail store is hardly
  college-level work.
As stores close, the industry loses much more than a retail outlet.
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