[ ree-teyl for 1–4, 6; ri-teyl for 5 ]
/ ˈri teɪl for 1–4, 6; rɪˈteɪl for 5 /
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.
verb (used with object)
to sell at retail; sell directly to the consumer.
to relate or repeat in detail to others: to retail scandal.
verb (used without object)
to be sold at retail: It retails at 50 cents.
Words nearby retail
Origin of retail
OTHER WORDS FROM retailre·tail·er, nounnon·re·tail, adjectivenon·re·tail·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for non-retail
/ (ˈriːteɪl) /
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
Derived forms of retailretailer, noun
Word Origin for retail
C14: from Old French retaillier to cut off, from re- + taillier to cut; see tailor
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Cultural definitions for non-retail
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