A retailer is a merchant or business owner who sells things to the public. Smaller retailers often struggle to compete with big chains and their low prices.

When you want to buy a book, you can head to your neighborhood retailer or find an online retailer to make your purchase. These shops sell retail goods — in other words, items that are generally bought in small amounts and used by the people who buy them, rather than resold. Retailer, with an original meaning of "seller of small quantities," comes from the Old French taillier, "to trim or cut."

Definitions of retailer
  1. noun
    a merchant who sells goods at retail
    synonyms: retail merchant
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    a retail dealer in provisions and supplies
    someone to whom a license is granted
    ship's chandler
    a dealer in sails and ropes and other supplies for sailing ships
    type of:
    distributer, distributor
    someone who markets merchandise
    merchandiser, merchant
    a businessperson engaged in retail trade
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