mer·​chan·​dise | \ ˈmər-chən-ˌdīz How to pronounce merchandise (audio) , -ˌdīs\

Definition of merchandise

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 archaic : the occupation of a merchant : trade
2 : the commodities or goods that are bought and sold in business : wares sells a variety of spring merchandise


mer·​chan·​dise | \ -ˌdīz How to pronounce merchandise (audio) \
variants: or less commonly merchandize
merchandised also merchandized; merchandising also merchandizing

Definition of merchandise (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

archaic : to carry on commerce : trade

transitive verb

1 : to buy and sell in business carpets from Iran, India, or Taiwan are merchandised along with Italian leather goods and Spanish ceramics— Irving Kolodin
2 : to promote for or as if for sale merchandise a movie star

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Other Words from merchandise


merchandiser noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for merchandise

Synonyms: Noun

commodities, goods, wares

Synonyms: Verb

deal (in), market, put up, retail, sell, vend

Antonyms: Verb

buy, purchase

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Examples of merchandise in a Sentence


The merchandise will arrive by truck at noon. He's developed his own brand of merchandise.


The political candidates are being merchandised to the public. the now-familiar practice of stores merchandising goods at dramatically lower prices on the day after Thanksgiving
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Each robbery took only seconds to execute, and in some instances, the group was able to grab more than $20,000 in merchandise. Dani Deahl, The Verge, "Seventeen charged in Apple theft ring that stole $1 million in merchandise," 28 Sep. 2018 According to TMZ, Weiss was arrested for stealing $151 in merchandise from Fry’s Electronics earlier in July. Mariah Haas, Fox News, "'Mighty Ducks' star Shaun Weiss arrested for public intoxication," 6 Aug. 2018 Some of the most valued, in-demand merchandise was snapped up weeks ago. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "How low will prices go? Toys R Us stores enter final days with new liquidation markdowns," 12 June 2018 Separately, returned merchandise purchased using Mastercard debit cards will in some cases become more expensive for stores, according to a person familiar with the matter. Annamaria Andriotis, WSJ, "Purchases With Plastic Get Costlier for Merchants—and Consumers," 15 Feb. 2019 These structural updates aren’t just for show—more space means more merchandise, and there’s triple the amount of space devoted to showcasing handbags. Zachary Weiss, Vogue, "Halsey Performs for an A-List Crowd at the Newly Redesigned Saks Fifth Avenue," 8 Feb. 2019 Soon, Daniels was back in the lobby — in a black halter dress — to sell merchandise and take pictures with supporters. Washington Post, "Stormy Daniels’ strip club act bookends Trump’s court reveal," 10 July 2018 On Friday and Saturday, vendors set up displays in Glencoe selling merchandise to passersby in the 2018 incarnation of the annual outdoor event. Daniel I. Dorfman,, "Glencoe Sidewalk Sale draws people into the heat for yearly two-day event," 3 July 2018 The camera is low, at the level of the merchandise, a witty point of view. William Meyers, WSJ, "‘Louis Stettner: Traveling Light’ Review: A Photographic Tale of Two Cities," 7 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In addition to spreading wardrobe wisdom via Instagram direct messages, Pask is now merchandising his look at B., a 250-square-foot permanent shop that opened in February on the third floor of Goodman’s Men’s Store in New York. Howie Kahn, WSJ, "All the Hard-to-Find Favorites of Bergdorf Goodman’s Men’s Fashion Director," 26 Feb. 2019 Enter Redingote Equestrian, a line of chic, cut-for-a-woman coveralls designed by former professional rider Connie DeMaio and merchandising pro Allison Malenfant. Leah Melby Clinton, Town & Country, "Behold: The Most Stylish Equestrian Winter Work Suit," 8 Jan. 2019 The racks are merchandised intuitively with the designers’ wide range of products, from silk floral blouses to fuzzy coral coats to thick knit dresses. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Eckhaus Latta’s New Store Is an Oasis in New York’s Retail Scene," 27 Nov. 2018 In the past 18 months, Neiman Marcus and T.J. Maxx either scaled back on selling pieces from Ivanka's brand or changed the way they're merchandised in store, WSJ reports. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Ivanka Trump's Fashion Brand Is Shutting Down," 24 July 2018 This is to say nothing of theme-park and merchandising tie-ins. Aaron Back, WSJ, "Why Disney Can Afford to Pay More for Fox," 20 June 2018 Boltz will be responsible for merchandising, marketing, digital, and data analytics and customer insights. Katherine Peralta, charlotteobserver, "Lowe's announces major shakeup of executive roles," 9 July 2018 Within the next few days, channels with at least 10,000 subscribers will be able to offer merchandising to their fans, from underneath their videos. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "After 'tough' year, YouTube has a surprise -- it's bigger than ever," 21 June 2018 This change added to the recognition and merchandising value of the original Seal of Approval. Good Housekeeping, "The History of the Good Housekeeping Seal," 1 Oct. 2011

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First Known Use of merchandise


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for merchandise

Noun and Verb

Middle English marchaundise, from Anglo-French marchandise, from marcheant

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English Language Learners Definition of merchandise

 (Entry 1 of 2)

somewhat formal : goods that are bought and sold



English Language Learners Definition of merchandise (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make the public aware of (a product being offered for sale) by using advertising and other methods
: to present (someone) to the public like a product being offered for sale


mer·​chan·​dise | \ ˈmər-chən-ˌdīz How to pronounce merchandise (audio) , -ˌdīs\

Kids Definition of merchandise

: goods that are bought and sold

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