retail etymology

English word retail comes from Old French retaillier

Detailed word origin of retail

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retaillier Old French (fro) (figuratively, by extension) to diminish; to lessen; to reduce. To circumcise. To shape by cutting.
retail English (eng) Of or relating to the (actual or figurative) sale of goods or services directly to individuals. Direct to consumers, in retail quantities, or at retail prices. To repeat or circulate (news or rumours) to others.. To sell at retail, or in small quantities directly to customers. (business) The sale of goods directly to the consumer, encompassing the storefronts, mail-order, websites, etc., and [...]