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Origin of wholesale

1375–1425; late Middle English, from the phrase by hole sale in gross; see whole, sale

OTHER WORDS FROM wholesale

wholesaler, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for wholesale

Derived forms of wholesale

wholesaler, noun
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Cultural definitions for wholesale

wholesale

The sale of merchandise to retailers rather than directly to the public.

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