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
The giant retailer is realizing its dream of getting into the banking business, which should terrify populists of all stripes.
J. Crew is the only mass retailer that shows at NYFW and Jenna Lyons may as well be the main reason why.It's Who You Know: The Power Players of New York Fashion Week | Barbara Ragghianti | September 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Lululemon Promotes Anti-Sunscreen: Printed on the bags of retailer Lululemon is a warning against the use of sunscreen.Lottie Moss Channels Kate for Calvin Klein; Terry Richardson Shoots for 'Playboy' | The Fashion Beast Team | July 14, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Affordable retailer Forever 21, for example, fired the 28-year-old model mid-way through her photo shoot.World Cup Fan Axelle Despiegelaere Already Dropped From L’Oreal; Forever 21 Fired Chrissy Teigan For Being "Fat" | The Fashion Beast Team | July 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The online retailer is asking all eBay users to change their passwords immediately.EVERY eBay Account Holder Worldwide Has Been Hacked, Company Says | Tom Sykes | May 22, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The patient, in turn, expressed her opinion of the product to the retailer from whom she had been purchasing it.
At this juncture a public-spirited retailer of Boston, Mr. Lincoln Filene, entered the controversy.Making Both Ends Meet | Sue Ainslie Clark and Edith Wyatt
All this activity, however, is concerned with the retailer; in the meantime manufacture was not neglected.Consumers and Wage-Earners | J. Elliot Ross
These boards secure from wholesale representatives the prices charged to the retailer for various staple foods.
Every week new price lists are prepared so as to cover new fluctuations of cost to the retailer.
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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