The sale of goods or commodities in small quantities directly to consumers.
Of, relating to, or engaged in the sale of goods or commodities at retail.
1. In retail quantities.
2. At a retail price.
v. re·tailed, re·tail·ing, re·tails
1. To sell in small quantities directly to consumers.
2. (also rĭ-tāl) To tell or repeat (gossip or stories, for example) to others.
To sell at retail.
[Middle English, from Anglo-Norman, variant of Old French, piece cut off, from retaillier, to cut up : re-, re- + tailler, to cut; see TAILOR.]
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