merchant

21 ENTRIES FOUND:

1mer·chant

noun \ˈmər-chənt\

: someone who buys and sells goods especially in large amounts

: the owner or manager of a store

: someone who is known for a particular quality, activity, etc.

Full Definition of MERCHANT

1
:  a buyer and seller of commodities for profit :  trader
2
:  the operator of a retail business :  storekeeper
3
:  one that is noted for a particular quality or activity :  specialist <a speed merchant on the base paths>
merchant adjective

Examples of MERCHANT

  1. Merchants traveled hundreds of miles to trade in the city.
  2. a family of wealthy merchants
  3. The town's merchants closed their shops during the parade.
  4. Prizes were given by local merchants.

Origin of MERCHANT

Middle English marchant, from Anglo-French, from Vulgar Latin *mercatant-, mercatans, from present participle of mercatare to trade, frequentative of Latin mercari — more at market
First Known Use: 13th century

Other Business Terms

amortize, caveat emptor, clearinghouse, divest, due diligence, emolument, green-collar, marque, overhead, perquisite

2merchant

verb

Definition of MERCHANT

intransitive verb
archaic
:  to deal or trade as a merchant
transitive verb
:  to deal or trade in

First Known Use of MERCHANT

14th century

Other Business Terms

amortize, caveat emptor, clearinghouse, divest, due diligence, emolument, green-collar, marque, overhead, perquisite

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