- the business of selling goods directly to consumers (distinguished from wholesaling).
Origin of retailing
- 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 retailing
But even with all of its power and features, it is retailing for a surprisingly low $399.PlayStation 4 Review: The PS4 and the Gorgeous Next Generation of Gaming
November 15, 2013
The J.Crew collection will include clothing and accessories, retailing for $5 to $78, and will be available starting Wednesday.The Average American Bra Size Is Now 34 DD; Designers Sketch Regal Royal Baby Presents
The Fashion Beast Team
July 23, 2013
The just-in-time mentality has spread from manufacturing and retailing into other businesses, and into our personal lives.Hurricane Sandy’s Economic Sucker Punch
November 5, 2012
What happened in the interim is the story of a brand that was good at manufacturing sweaters but terrible at retailing them.Benetton’s Rebirth
September 23, 2012
Indeed, Kirkwood's designs are expensive, with most retailing for over $1,000.London Shoe Star Nicholas Kirkwood on Opening New York Store and More
May 1, 2012
He had no idea, of course, to whom he was retailing his stiff yarns.The Confessions of a Caricaturist, Vol. 1 (of 2)
All were too busy listening and retailing stories to think of sleep.The Wonder Island Boys: The Tribesmen
And then she amused them both by retailing to them the corporal's odd speeches.Mollie's Prince
Rosa Nouchette Carey
Beside him was a new "American bulldog" revolver, retailing for $1.50.News Writing
M. Lyle Spencer
Levin had found a certain pleasure in retailing his information.The Red Room
- 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 retailing
mid-14c., verbal noun from retail (v.).
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.