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Origin of retail

1375–1425; (noun) late Middle English <Anglo-French: a cutting, derivative of retailler to cut, equivalent to re-re- + tailler to cut (see tail2); (v.) Middle English retailen<Old French retailler

OTHER WORDS FROM retail

re·tail·er, nounnon·re·tail, adjectivenon·re·tail·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for retail

Derived forms of retail

retailer, 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 retail

retail

A term describing businesses that sell goods directly to individuals. (Compare wholesale.)

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