- 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.
Origin of retail
Examples from the Web for retailers
Retailers were hammered by the scheme because checks and balances were scant in 2012, when the eBay grifting peaked.The Insane $11 Billion Scam at Retailers’ Return Desks
December 19, 2014
And you can expect designers and retailers to cater to them too.Scarlet Is the New Black
August 31, 2014
Retailers have entered the terminals and the vending machines offer everything from deodorant to iPads.American Apparel Appoints First Female Board Member; Britney Spears Is Designing Lingerie
The Fashion Beast Team
July 24, 2014
Distributors and retailers of entertainment and consumer electronics operated on razor-thin margins, and many went bankrupt.Apple Wants Beats So It Can Control You
May 12, 2014
“I think these retailers need their asses handed to them,” Charney said of the companies who outsource to unsafe factories.American Apparel Stirs Up Controversy…Again
March 6, 2014
The result is high margin to the retailers and no out-of-the-way income to any of them.Herbert Hoover
These sell to wholesalers at the consuming end, who may sell to jobbers, who sell to retailers.Apple Growing
M. C. Burritt
A jobber is one who buys from importers and manufacturers and sells to retailers.Up To Date Business
Retailers of court gossip conjectured that his kindness was policy.Sir Walter Ralegh
So the governments took a chance with the honesty of the retailers.The Iron Ration
George Abel Schreiner
- the sale of goods individually or in small quantities to consumersCompare wholesale (def. 1)
- of, relating to, or engaged in such sellingretail 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
Word Origin and History for retailers
mid-14c. "sell in small quantities or parcels," from Old French retaillier "cut back, cut off, pare, clip, reduce, circumcise," from re- "back" (see re-) + taillier "to cut, trim" (see tailor (n.)). Sometimes also "to deal out (information, etc.) in small quantities; hand down by report; recount, tell over again" (1590s). Related: Retailed; retailing.
early 15c., "sale of commodities in small quantities or parcels or at second hand" (opposed to wholesale), from Old French retail "piece cut off, shred, scrap, paring" (Modern French retaille), from retaillier (see retail (v.)). The notion of the English word is "a selling by the piece." This sense is not in French, however, and comes perhaps from cognate Italian ritaglio, which does have that sense. As an adjective, "of or pertaining to sale at retail," c.1600.