from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun One of a number of retail stores operating under the same brand name and selling similar merchandise.

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  • noun A retail outlet that is one of a group of similar establishments having common format, contents, ownership and management.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun one of a chain of retail stores under the same management and selling the same merchandise


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