Recent Examples of mercantile from the Web
The entry walkway resembles an Old West town with retro mercantile storefronts lining both sides.
On a recent afternoon, Marjorie Reitman, who has lived in the Village for 43 years and who was out on Bleecker Street walking her neighbor’s dog, Walter, reflected on the street’s mercantile past.
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Origin and Etymology of mercantile
French, from Italian, from mercante merchant, from Latin mercant-, mercans, from present participle of mercari to trade — more at market
First Known Use: 1638
MERCANTILE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of mercantile for English Language Learners
: of or relating to the business of buying and selling products to earn money : of or relating to trade or merchants
MERCANTILE Defined for Kids
Definition of mercantile for Students
: of or relating to merchants or trade a rich mercantile family
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