mercantile

adjective
mer·​can·​tile | \ ˈmər-kən-ˌtēl How to pronounce mercantile (audio) , -ˌtī(-ə)l \

Definition of mercantile

1 : of or relating to merchants or trading mercantile families mercantile businesses
2 : of, relating to, or having the characteristics of mercantilism mercantile system

Examples of mercantile in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The mercantile store and rail depot shuttered with the onset of the Great Depression. Timothy Fanning, San Antonio Express-News, 11 Apr. 2022 The mercantile store and rail depot shuttered with the onset of the Great Depression. Timothy Fanning, San Antonio Express-News, 11 Apr. 2022 The mercantile store and rail depot shuttered with the onset of the Great Depression. Timothy Fanning, San Antonio Express-News, 11 Apr. 2022 Originally a mercantile store, the building dates back to 1899, the same year Jerome was incorporated as a city. Andi Berlin, The Arizona Republic, 11 Mar. 2022 In the early to mid-1800s Manhattan emerged as the financial and mercantile hub of America. Edward Kosner, WSJ, 25 Jan. 2022 The mercantile store and rail depot shuttered with the onset of the Great Depression. Timothy Fanning, San Antonio Express-News, 25 Jan. 2022 The elegance of his path-breaking example on screen opened the hearts, minds and wallets of the moviegoing public and tugged at the reluctant, mercantile conscience of the film industry. Los Angeles Times, 7 Jan. 2022 The Plaza is now home to extravagant boutiques that brand as mercantile shops, but for the Old School flavor, buy from the craftsman on the street and then wander into the kitschy Five and Dime. Leslie Kelly, Forbes, 7 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of mercantile

1638, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mercantile

French, from Italian, from mercante merchant, from Latin mercant-, mercans, from present participle of mercari to trade — more at market

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13 May 2022

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“Mercantile.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mercantile. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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mercantile

adjective
mer·​can·​tile | \ ˈmər-kən-ˌtēl How to pronounce mercantile (audio) , -ˌtīl \

Kids Definition of mercantile

: of or relating to merchants or trade a rich mercantile family

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