• A hall.
  • An exchange of goods or services for currency or credit.
  • The sale of goods at reduced prices.
  • The act of putting up for auction to the highest bidder.


  • From Middle English sale, sal, from Old English sæl ("room, hall, castle"), from Proto-Germanic *salą ("house, hall"), from Proto-Indo-European *sel- ("home, dwelling, village"). Cognate with West Frisian seal, Dutch zaal, German Saal, Swedish sal, Icelandic salur, Lithuanian sala ("village"). Related also to salon, saloon.
  • 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 *selh₁- ("to grab").

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