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

First recorded in 1915–20; dealer + -ship
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  • The single solid basis of his success was his thorough knowledge of cattle—his proficiency in dealership.

    Hodge and His Masters

    Richard Jefferies

Word Origin and History for dealership


1916, from dealer + -ship.

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