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.
to sell at retail; sell directly to the consumer.
to relate or repeat in detail to others: to retail scandal.
to be sold at retail: It retails at 50 cents.
- re·tail·er, noun
- non·re·tail, adjective
- non·re·tail·er, noun
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How to use retail in a sentence
Anybody would forgive Kate Middleton for wearing a three-year-old dress that retailed for under $100 at a charity event.Kate Middleton Is the Queen of High-Street Fashion | Tom Sykes | February 14, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Incidentally, my hypothetical candidate could indeed be a Muslim, because the Jonah story is also retailed in the Koran.
And among Bogsiders the conviction was rapidly retailed that the dead had been victims of a planned massacre.
The price of salt at one period of the long Peninsular war rose to £30 per ton, being retailed in Birmingham at 4l.Showell's Dictionary of Birmingham | Thomas T. Harman and Walter Showell
That night my adventure was retailed to Mother at the hotel in the Rue de la Tremoille.Paris Vistas | Helen Davenport Gibbons
Their teams and waggons haul it to the village, and in the dead of winter it is retailed to the cottagers at less than cost price.The Hills and the Vale | Richard Jefferies
However, the cook had given him something else besides an insult—he had retailed gossip which kept the young man's thoughts busy.Blow The Man Down | Holman Day
He took a mild interest in politics, and retailed gossip picked up at the Conservative Club.Hyacinth | George A. Birmingham
British Dictionary definitions for retail
the sale of goods individually or in small quantities to consumers: Compare wholesale (def. 1)
of, relating to, or engaged in such selling: retail 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
- retailer, noun
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Cultural definitions for retail
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