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

  • v. Past tense and past participle of sell.

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  • n. solary; military pay
  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of sell.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • imp. & p. p. of sell.
  • n. Solary; military pay.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To pay.
  • n. Preterit and past participle of sell.
  • n. Pay (of soldiers, etc.); salary.

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

  • adj. disposed of to a purchaser


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French solde. See soldier, and compare sou.



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  • I remember seeing broadsides like this when I worked with rare books & documents. Horrifying.

    January 31, 2009

  • Some runaway ads help balance out the horror of these.

    "To be SOLD for ready money, to the highest bidder, on Monday the 17th of September, at Alexandria, being Fairfax court day,

    SEVENTEEN valuable SLAVES, consisting of men, women, boys and girls; among the number are three valuable forgemen, a sawyer, a collier, a blacksmith, a carpenter, a miller and a baker. There will be sold at the same time and place, a tract of LAND, lying on Pimmit's Run, near the Falls of Potowmack Potomac, containing about 400 acres; settled with four tenements, two of which are well improved with buildings. There is a good deal of meadow ground on the run, it bending on the same for two miles, and is well watered and timbered. The above slaves and land are part of the estate of John Ballendine, and sold to satisfy a debt due to the subscriber.


    Virginia Gazette (Rind), August 23, 1770

    "To be SOLD, on Thursday the 15th of January, at BLANDFORD, if fair, otherwise next fair day,

    SEVERAL likely NEGROES, among which are 3 apprentices, who have about 3 years to serve, two of them bound to a ship carpenter, and the other to a bricklayer. At the same time will be sold sundry kinds of HOUSEHOLD FURNITURE. Twelve months credit will be allowed for all sums above 5£. the purchasers giving bond, with approved security, to


    N. B. A reasonable discount will be allowed for ready money."

    Virginia Gazette (Purdie & Dixon), December 18, 1766

    "To be SOLD, on Saturday the 6th of September, at the late Dwelling-House of Mr. James Ransom, deceased, in Kingston Parish, Gloucester County, SUNDRY NEGROES, and the PLANTATION whereon the said Ransom lived, containing 373 Acres, reserving to the Widow her Dower. Part of the Purchase Money must be paid down, and short Credit will be allowed for the Remainder.


    Two likely young Virginia born NEGRO WOMEN about seventeen Years of Age each; they are good Spinners, and understand most Sorts of Household Work, though of late they have been employed in Plantation Business, and are reputed very good Hands. A reasonable Credit will be given to a punctual Purchaser, on giving Bond with good Security.


    KING WILLIAM County, August 1, 1774."

    —Virginia Gazette (Purdie & Dixon), August 4, 1774

    January 30, 2009

  • "We are sold -- mighty badly sold. But we don't want to be the laughing stock of this whole town, I reckon ... HF 23

    December 7, 2006