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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Derived Formswholesaler, noun
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Word Origin and History for wholesaler

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 wholesaler

wholesale


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

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