One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounUS, West Indian
A public auction.
- ‘The nine-day sale reached gross receipts of $89,622,495, up 13.5% from last year, and the second-highest aggregate in the history of the vendue.’
- ‘The Hong Kong international sale is conducted by Keeneland's experienced crew, but with a theatrical flair not seen at the Lexington vendue.’
- ‘Next day I was put up by the vendue master to know how much I was worth, and I was valued at one hundred pounds currency.’
Late 17th century: via Dutch from French dialect vendue ‘sale’, from vendre ‘sell’.
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