authorization to sell a commodity: He got the dealership for the area after a long investigation into his credit status.
a sales agency or distributor having such authorization.

Nearby words

  1. dealate,
  2. dealcoholization,
  3. dealcoholize,
  4. dealer,
  5. dealer's choice,
  6. dealfish,
  7. dealing,
  8. dealing box,
  9. dealings,
  10. dealmaker

Origin of dealership

First recorded in 1915–20; dealer + -ship Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for dealership

Word Origin and History for dealership



1916, from dealer + -ship.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper