From Middle English sellen, from Old English sellan ("give; give up for money"), from Proto-West Germanic *salljan, from Proto-Germanic *saljaną, from Proto-Indo-European *selh₁-. Compare Danish sælge, Swedish sälja, Icelandic selja.
From French selle, from Latin sella.
From Old Saxon seill or Old Norse seil. Cognate with Dutch zeel ("rope"), German Seil ("rope").
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