retailing

[ree-tey-ling]
noun
the business of selling goods directly to consumers (distinguished from wholesaling ).

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English; see retail, -ing1

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retail

[ree-teyl for 1–4, 6; ri-teyl for 5]
noun
1.
the sale of goods to ultimate consumers, usually in small quantities (opposed to wholesale ).
adjective
2.
pertaining to, connected with, or engaged in sale at retail: the retail price.
adverb
3.
in a retail quantity or at a retail price.
verb (used with object)
4.
to sell at retail; sell directly to the consumer.
5.
to relate or repeat in detail to others: to retail scandal.
verb (used without object)
6.
to be sold at retail: It retails at 50 cents.

Origin:
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
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retail (ˈriːteɪl)
 
n
1.  Compare wholesale the sale of goods individually or in small quantities to consumers
 
adj
2.  of, relating to, or engaged in such selling: retail prices
 
adv
3.  in small amounts or at a retail price
 
vb
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]
 
'retailer
 
n

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Word Origin & History

retail
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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retail definition


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

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Example sentences
It has limited the spread of big-box retailing and works to retain locally
  owned retail, such as village stores.
But the range of retailing ideas in any given town was rarely that great.
Little more than a decade ago, neon was considered a visual vagrant, synonymous
  with tacky retailing and seamy night life.
Except in big cities near the coast, conventional retailing is fragmented and
  underdeveloped.
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