mercantile

adjective mer·can·tile \ ˈmər-kən-ˌtēl , -ˌtī(-ə)l \
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

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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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


MERCANTILE Defined for English Language Learners

mercantile

adjective

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

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

Definition of mercantile for Students

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


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