from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A public sale; an auction.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A public auction.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun obsolescent A public sale of anything, by outcry, to the highest bidder; an auction.
- noun [Obsoles.] one who is authorized to sell any property by vendue; an auctioneer.
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- noun A public
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun the public sale of something to the highest bidder
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
In a very graphic and truthful scene, the "vendue" is depicted.
Evidently, there was no "vendue" at the Barton farmhouse; neither a funeral, nor a wedding, since male guests seemed to have been exclusively bidden.
Unable to distinguish in quality, and knowing that certain stones have brought such and such prices, they refuse to sell any for a smaller price, but retain them until the next _festa_, when they carry them in succession to all the _mercanti di pietre_ in Rome, to see which will offer the highest price, -- a kind of vendue which evinces greater trade-cleverness than the Italians get credit for, and which has the effect of bringing the dealers at once to their best terms.
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But this week 5 acres of wood, upon Ruggles'es homestead was sold at vendue at a hundred and fifty dollors per acre, for the wood only; and purchased by persons able to pay for it.
I have some thoughts of selling at vendue part of the house furniture, as I suppose I could purchase new for what this would fetch.
There are several persons very eager to purchase it, which has determined the owner to put it up to vendue, if he does shall endeavour to buy it.
If he puts it up to vendue, believe that will be the best chance for obtaining it.
With toasts for a pleasant voyage and prayers for a sure and swift recovery, he was bidden farewell shortly before the vendue at Alexandria.
George William Fairfax was gone, gone permanently; the contents of Belvoir were for sale; Washington had to assume some of the direction of this sad vendue.