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[ven-doo, -dyoo]
  1. a public auction.
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Origin of vendue

1680–90; < Dutch vendu < Middle French vendue sale, noun use of feminine of vendu, past participle of vendre to sell; see vend
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Historical Examples

  • Here are you all got together at this vendue of fineries knick-knacks.

    One Thousand Secrets of Wise and Rich Men Revealed

    C. A. Bogardus

  • Here are you all got together at this vendue of fineries and knick-knacks.

  • The young folks had got enough of the vendue now, and so had Mrs. Pritchett.

  • “I am going to stay over Monday and go to the vendue,” said Harris.

  • Here you are all got together at this Vendue of Fineries and Knicknacks.

    Benjamin Franklin

    Frank Luther Mott

British Dictionary definitions for vendue


  1. US a public sale; auction
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Word Origin

C17: from Dutch vendu, from Old French vendue a sale, from vendre to sell, from Latin vendere
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Word Origin and History for vendue


"public sale, auction," 1680s, from Dutch vendu, from French vendue "sale," from vendre "to sell," from Latin vendere (see vend).

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