[ point-uh v-seyl ]
/ ˈpɔɪnt əvˈseɪl /

noun, plural points-of-sale.

the store, dealer, or other retail outlet where an item is sold: from manufacturer to point-of-sale.


designating or in use at a point-of-sale, cashier's desk, or check-out counter; point-of-purchase.
(in retailing) of or relating to a customer-checkout system that uses automated devices linked to a computer, as a terminal (point-of-sale terminal) that directly transmits sales data as part of a computerized system for accounting and inventory control. Abbreviation: P.O.S., POS

Origin of point-of-sale

First recorded in 1950–55
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British Dictionary definitions for point-of-sale terminal

point-of-sale terminal


(in retail distribution) a device used to record and process information relating to salesAbbreviation: POST
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