General English


  • noun an act of giving an item or doing a service in exchange for money, or for the promise that money will be paid
  • noun an act of selling goods at specially low prices



  • noun the act of selling or transferring an item or a property from one owner to another in exchange for a consideration, usually in the form of money


  • noun a period during which goods are sold at specially low prices

Origin & History of “sale”

Sale was borrowed from Old Norse sala. this came from the same prehistoric Germanic base, *sal-, that produced English sell. The word’s specific application to the ‘selling of goods at lower-than-normal prices’ did not emerge until the 1860s.