Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The exchange of goods or services for an amount of money or its equivalent; the act of selling.
  • n. An instance of selling.
  • n. An opportunity for selling or being sold; demand.
  • n. Availability for purchase: a store where pets are for sale.
  • n. A selling of property to the highest bidder; an auction.
  • n. A special disposal of goods at lowered prices: coats on sale this week.
  • n. Activities involved in selling goods or services.
  • n. Gross receipts.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An exchange of goods or services for currency or credit.
  • n. this sense?) A particular opportunity for a sale.
  • n. The sale of goods at reduced prices.
  • n. The act of putting up for auction to the highest bidder.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See 1st sallow.
  • n. The act of selling; the transfer of property, or a contract to transfer the ownership of property, from one person to another for a valuable consideration, or for a price in money.
  • n. Opportunity of selling; demand; market.
  • n. Public disposal to the highest bidder, or exposure of goods in market; auction.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of selling; also, a specific act or a continuous process of selling; the exchange or disposal of a commodity, right, property, or whatever may be the subject of bargain, for a price agreed on and generally payable in money, as distinguished from barter; the transfer of all right and property in a thing for a price to be paid in money.
  • n. In law, a contract for the transfer of property from one person to another, for a valuable consideration.
  • n. Opportunity to sell; demand; market.
  • n. Disposal by auction or public outcry.
  • n. The price.
  • n. A hall.
  • n. Willow; osier; also, a basket-like net.

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

  • n. a particular instance of selling
  • n. the general activity of selling
  • n. an agreement (or contract) in which property is transferred from the seller (vendor) to the buyer (vendee) for a fixed price in money (paid or agreed to be paid by the buyer)
  • n. an occasion (usually brief) for buying at specially reduced prices
  • n. the state of being purchasable; offered or exhibited for selling

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English, from Old English sala, from Old Norse.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English sale, from Old English sala ("act of selling, sale"), from Old Norse sala ("sale"), from Proto-Germanic *salō (“delivery”), from Proto-Indo-European *sel- (“to grab”).

Examples

  • C] If it has power to prohibit the sale _without_ the soil, it can prohibit the sale _with_ it; and if it can prohibit the _sale_ as property, it can prohibit the _holding_ as property.

    The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Part 1 of 4

  • A] If it has power to prohibit the sale _without_ the soil, it can prohibit the sale _with_ it; and if it can prohibit the _sale_ as property, it can prohibit the _holding_ as property.

    The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Part 1 of 4

  • To Cliff Notes it, Fitzpatrick's ex-girlfriend told him a neighbor was having a tag sale that included a rather large organ a few years ago.

    Jon Chattman: Fitz & the Tantrums: "Antidote to Autotune"

  • Q: Whenever I bring something home from a tag sale my husband starts in with “Where'd you get that goo-gaw?”

    The Language Monitor

  • Walter serendipitously stumbled into the trove of Josiah Freeman's glass plate studio photographs at a tag sale on Nantucket.

    Bernard Starr: Stop Kvetching. Self-Publishing Is Here To Stay -- And Vaulting Ahead

  • Her mother had found the Boston rocker at a tag sale and had it refinished for the pair after Helen dared say her news out loud.

    Sea Escape

  • I focus on my desk chair—an old spindly thing I found at a tag sale and re-covered with fish-pattern fabric.

    Vivian Rising

  • We were wearing these lumberjack-looking beaver-skin hats, the sort you could buy at a tag sale for nothing.

    Dark Dude

  • I had thought the book would be passed between friends or sisters or mothers and daughters; that my sisters, the unlucky-in-love, unhappy-in-their-own-skin big girls, would find it in the library or on the shelf at a rented summer house, or at a tag sale or a flea market; that they would read it and be comforted.

    Certain Girls

  • Be-ism arrived on the scene in 2005, when Jane Myer, a bank teller from South Africa—divorced, down on her luck, fifty pounds overweight, and unfortunately permed—came across an antique self-help pamphlet at whatever they call a tag sale in Afrikaans.

    Certain Girls

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