- 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.
- to sell at retail; sell directly to the consumer.
- to relate or repeat in detail to others: to retail scandal.
- to be sold at retail: It retails at 50 cents.
Origin of retail
Examples from the Web for retail
He noted that some retail stores that benefit from Christmas sales still instruct employees to wish customers “Happy Holidays.”A Field General in the War on Christmas
December 24, 2014
Still, they make up the largest block of holiday shoppers and are the key to retail success or failure.Christmas Is the New Subprime
December 9, 2014
Customers can purchase cold beer at full price or warm bottles of beer at retail prices to take home.House of the Witch: The Renegade Craft Brewers of Panama
November 30, 2014
The holiday season is a relatively short one, but in terms of sales, these weeks are crucial for the retail industry.The Incredible Art of Christmas Windows
November 24, 2014
With her husband, Johnson owns a retail gun shop and raises two boys.The Moms of Monster Jam Drive Trucks, Buck Macho Culture
November 22, 2014
Even the retail trade could not escape the omniscience of this control.Freeland
Our friend concludes that it is cheaper to lend umbrellas by retail.
Retail dealers, costermongers, and greengrocers were making their purchases in haste.The Fat and the Thin
There is to be no retail trade either in these or any other articles.
This shall be the second law: He who engages in retail trade must be either a metic or a stranger.
- the sale of goods individually or in small quantities to consumersCompare wholesale (def. 1)
- of, relating to, or engaged in such sellingretail prices
- in small amounts or at a retail price
- to sell or be sold in small quantities to consumers
- (rɪˈteɪl) (tr) to relate (gossip, scandal, etc) in detail, esp persistently
Word Origin and History for retail
mid-14c. "sell in small quantities or parcels," from Old French retaillier "cut back, cut off, pare, clip, reduce, circumcise," from re- "back" (see re-) + taillier "to cut, trim" (see tailor (n.)). Sometimes also "to deal out (information, etc.) in small quantities; hand down by report; recount, tell over again" (1590s). Related: Retailed; retailing.
early 15c., "sale of commodities in small quantities or parcels or at second hand" (opposed to wholesale), from Old French retail "piece cut off, shred, scrap, paring" (Modern French retaille), from retaillier (see retail (v.)). The notion of the English word is "a selling by the piece." This sense is not in French, however, and comes perhaps from cognate Italian ritaglio, which does have that sense. As an adjective, "of or pertaining to sale at retail," c.1600.