- for sale, offered to be sold; made available to purchasers.
- on sale, able to be bought at reduced prices.
Origin of sale
- the exchange of goods, property, or services for an agreed sum of money or credit
- the amount sold
- the opportunity to sell; marketthere was no sale for luxuries
- the rate of selling or being solda slow sale of synthetic fabrics
- an event at which goods are sold at reduced prices, usually to clear old stocks
- (as modifier)sale bargains
- an auction
- a town in NW England, in Trafford unitary authority, Greater Manchester: a residential suburb of Manchester. Pop: 55 234 (2001)
- a city in SE Australia, in SE Victoria: centre of an agricultural region. Pop: 12 854 (2001)
- a port in NW Morocco, on the Atlantic adjoining Rabat. Pop: 880 000 (2003)
Word Origin and History for on sale
late Old English sala "a sale, act of selling," from a Scandinavian source such as Old Norse sala "sale," from Proto-Germanic *salo (cf. Old High German sala, Swedish salu, Danish salg), from PIE root *sal- (3) "to grasp, take." Sense of "a selling of shop goods at lower prices than usual" first appeared 1866. Sales tax attested by 1886. Sales associate by 1946. Sales representative is from 1910.
Idioms and Phrases with on sale
At a reduced price, as in These rugs have been on sale for a month. The use of sale for disposing of goods at lowered prices dates from about 1860.