[ seyl ]
/ seɪl /


the act of selling.
a quantity sold.
opportunity to sell; demand: slow sale.
a special disposal of goods, as at reduced prices.
transfer of property for money or credit.
an auction.

Idioms for sale

    for sale, offered to be sold; made available to purchasers.
    on sale, able to be bought at reduced prices.

Origin of sale

before 1050; Middle English; late Old English sala; cognate with Old Norse, Old High German sala.Cf. sell1


in·ter·sale, nounnon·sale, nounsubsale, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for sale

British Dictionary definitions for sale (1 of 3)

/ (seɪl) /


the exchange of goods, property, or services for an agreed sum of money or credit
the amount sold
the opportunity to sell; marketthere was no sale for luxuries
the rate of selling or being solda slow sale of synthetic fabrics
  1. an event at which goods are sold at reduced prices, usually to clear old stocks
  2. (as modifier)sale bargains
an auction

Word Origin for sale

Old English sala, from Old Norse sala. See also sell

British Dictionary definitions for sale (2 of 3)

/ (seɪl) /


a town in NW England, in Trafford unitary authority, Greater Manchester: a residential suburb of Manchester. Pop: 55 234 (2001)
a city in SE Australia, in SE Victoria: centre of an agricultural region. Pop: 12 854 (2001)

British Dictionary definitions for sale (3 of 3)

/ (French sale) /


a port in NW Morocco, on the Atlantic adjoining Rabat. Pop: 880 000 (2003)
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Idioms and Phrases with sale


see close the sale; on sale; white sale.

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