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  1. the act of selling.
  2. a quantity sold.
  3. opportunity to sell; demand: slow sale.
  4. a special disposal of goods, as at reduced prices.
  5. transfer of property for money or credit.
  6. an auction.
  1. for sale, offered to be sold; made available to purchasers.
  2. 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
Related formsin·ter·sale, nounnon·sale, nounsub·sale, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for sale


  1. the exchange of goods, property, or services for an agreed sum of money or credit
  2. the amount sold
  3. the opportunity to sell; marketthere was no sale for luxuries
  4. 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
  5. an auction

Word Origin for sale

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


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


  1. a port in NW Morocco, on the Atlantic adjoining Rabat. Pop: 880 000 (2003)
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Word Origin and History for sale

late Old English sala "a sale, act of selling," from a Scandinavian source such as Old Norse sala "sale," from Proto-Germanic *salo (cf. Old High German sala, Swedish salu, Danish salg), from PIE root *sal- (3) "to grasp, take." Sense of "a selling of shop goods at lower prices than usual" first appeared 1866. Sales tax attested by 1886. Sales associate by 1946. Sales representative is from 1910.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with sale


see close the sale; on sale; white sale.

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