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merchant

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noun mer·chant \ˈmər-chənt\

Simple Definition of merchant

  • : 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. 1 :  a buyer and seller of commodities for profit :  trader

  2. 2 :  the operator of a retail business :  storekeeper

  3. 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


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merchant

verb mer·chant

Definition of merchant

archaic

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to deal or trade as a merchant

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to deal or trade in



14th Century

First Known Use of merchant

14th century



MERCHANT Defined for Kids

merchant

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noun mer·chant \ˈmər-chənt\

Definition of merchant

  1. 1 :  a person who buys and sells goods especially on a large scale or with foreign countries

  2. 2 :  storekeeper 1





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