mercantile

adjective
mer·​can·​tile | \ˈmər-kən-ˌtēl, -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

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Trump’s bitter clashes with Canada and Europe over trade, as well as his solicitous courtship of North Korea’s brutal dictator, all reflect this mercantile perspective. Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: It's U.S. states that will bear the brunt of Trump's tariffs," 14 June 2018 If calls continue, the landlord must appear before the commissioners, who decide whether the owner’s mercantile license should be revoked. Avalon R. Zoppo, Philly.com, "Senior Week in Wildwood: A money-making machine that residents love to hate," 20 June 2018 These hints of private realms beckon most alluringly from the Tiber River-adjacent Regola neighborhood, known since the Renaissance as the center for mercantile activities from plate-making to leather-stitching. Chiara Barzini, New York Times, "The Secret Atelier Behind a Roman Boutique," 16 May 2018 The Hassayampa was built in 1927 by a consortium of leading citizens who thought their mineral-rich mountain town needed an elegant hotel to anchor its banking and mercantile efforts. Charles Fleming, latimes.com, "Hiking and history are on display on a weekend escape to Prescott, Ariz.," 26 Apr. 2018 While Ree's been growing her blog into a lifestyle empire, which now includes a Food Network show, mercantile, line at Walmart, and the new Boarding House hotel, Hyacinth has been by her side through it all. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "Ree Drummond and Her BFF Hyacinth Kane's Friendship Story Is So Sweet," 19 Apr. 2018 Like the victims of 9/11, the slaves of New York were actors in the great mercantile drama that daily animates the city. Alexander Nazaryan, Newsweek, "New York City Would Really Rather Not Talk About Its Slavery-Loving Past," 15 Apr. 2015 The initiatives quickly spread to Lord & Taylor, Macy’s, Saks & Company, Bloomingdale’s, B. Altman & Co., Jordan Marsh and other shopping emporiums whose names have passed into mercantile heaven. Ralph Blumenthal And Sandra Roff, New York Times, "Attention 1916 Shoppers: The Doctor Is In," 4 Mar. 2018 The historic city center of Bikan, a 10-minute walk from the station, is a time warp to the Edo era, when its namesake river formed an important cornerstone of Japanese mercantile trails; the area is still car-free. Time, "4 Places to Visit in Japan Before Everyone Else Does," 17 Jan. 2018

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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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mercantile

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English Language Learners Definition of mercantile

: of or relating to the business of buying and selling products to earn money : of or relating to trade or merchants

mercantile

adjective
mer·​can·​tile | \ˈmər-kən-ˌtēl, -ˌtīl\

Kids Definition of mercantile

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

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