Nearby words

  1. reszke,
  2. reszke, jean de,
  3. ret,
  4. ret.,
  5. retable,
  6. retail politics,
  7. retail price index,
  8. retail therapy,
  9. retailer,
  10. retailing

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

Related formsre·tail·er, nounnon·re·tail, adjectivenon·re·tail·er, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for retail
Derived Formsretailer, noun

Word Origin for retail

C14: from Old French retaillier to cut off, from re- + taillier to cut; see tailor

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Word Origin and History for retail
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Culture definitions for retail

retail

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

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