mercantile

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adjective mer·can·tile \ˈmər-kən-ˌtēl, -ˌtī(-ə)l\

Definition of mercantile

  1. 1 :  of or relating to merchants or trading

  2. 2 :  of, relating to, or having the characteristics of mercantilism <mercantile system>

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: 1642


MERCANTILE Defined for English Language Learners

mercantile

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adjective mer·can·tile \ˈmər-kən-ˌtēl, -ˌtī(-ə)l\

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

mercantile

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

Definition of mercantile for Students

  1. :  of or relating to merchants or trade <a rich mercantile family>



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