Nearby words

  1. wholefood,
  2. wholehearted,
  3. wholeheartedly,
  4. wholemeal,
  5. wholeness,
  6. wholesale price index,
  7. wholesaler,
  8. wholesaling,
  9. wholesome,
  10. wholesomely

Origin of wholesale

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

Related formswhole·sal·er, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for wholesale
Derived Formswholesaler, noun

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Word Origin and History for wholesale

wholesale

early 15c., "in large quantities," from whole + sale; the general sense of "extensive" is attested from 1640s.

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Culture definitions for wholesale

wholesale

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

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