[ seyl ]
See synonyms for: salesales on

  1. the act of selling.

  2. a quantity sold.

  1. opportunity to sell; demand: slow sale.

  2. a special disposal of goods, as at reduced prices.

  3. transfer of property for money or credit.

  4. an auction.

Idioms about sale

  1. for sale, offered to be sold; made available to purchasers.

  2. on sale, able to be bought at reduced prices.

Origin of sale

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

Other words from sale

  • in·ter·sale, noun
  • non·sale, noun
  • subsale, noun

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How to use sale in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for sale (1 of 3)


/ (seɪl) /

  1. the exchange of goods, property, or services for an agreed sum of money or credit

  2. the amount sold

  1. the opportunity to sell; market: there was no sale for luxuries

  2. the rate of selling or being sold: a slow sale of synthetic fabrics

    • an event at which goods are sold at reduced prices, usually to clear old stocks

    • (as modifier): sale bargains

  3. an auction

Origin of sale

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

British Dictionary definitions for Sale (2 of 3)


/ (seɪl) /

  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)

British Dictionary definitions for Salé (3 of 3)


/ (French sale) /

  1. a port in NW Morocco, on the Atlantic adjoining Rabat. Pop: 880 000 (2003)

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Other Idioms and Phrases with sale


see close the sale; on sale; white sale.

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