merchandise

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

Definition of merchandise

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

merchandise

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

Definition of merchandise (Entry 2 of 2)

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

intransitive verb

archaic : to carry on commerce : trade

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Other Words from merchandise

Verb

merchandiser noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for merchandise

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of merchandise in a Sentence

Noun The merchandise will arrive by truck at noon. He's developed his own brand of merchandise. Verb 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 On June 6, a mall employee called police after watching a shoplifter carry three bags of merchandise out of the store. John Benson, cleveland, "Resident worried protestors were hiding bricks in playground: Strongsville Police Blotter," 24 June 2020 Also, Supermarket Sweep, where teams use their grocery shopping skills and knowledge of merchandise to win big cash prizes, is coming to Sunday nights. James Hibberd, EW.com, "ABC announces new schedule including 'The Bachelorette' return," 17 June 2020 This was Snow’s window-dressing but not his main merchandise. Jessica Riskin, The New York Review of Books, "Just Use Your Thinking Pump!," 17 June 2020 In Minneapolis, people calmly rolled shopping carts full of merchandise out the door of a Target store. Dennis Wagner, USA TODAY, "'Peaceful protests got hijacked': Some criminals used George Floyd protests as cover for looting, police say," 16 June 2020 Perhaps the owners of those shops and restaurants were worried or afraid that thieves would snatch up their merchandise or that vandals would shatter or spray-paint their windows? Los Angeles Times, "Column: I’m Black. I’m gay. The high court proved there’s nothing equal about equal rights," 15 June 2020 Scottsdale police also recovered more than $28,000 worth of merchandise from one woman, mostly designer bags and sunglasses. Lorraine Longhi, azcentral, "Scottsdale Fashion Square reopens after property damage, looting," 10 June 2020 In one instance, cameras caught a group smashing the windows of a camera store on Bush Street and then reportedly hauling out $800,000 worth of merchandise and loading it into a getaway van. Phil Matier, SFChronicle.com, "It was quite a crime show in Union Square. And the stars — the looters — were caught on camera," 7 June 2020 The first one hit about 4 a.m. on Sunday, when four people smashed the glass door of a clothing store in this predominantly black neighborhood and made off with armfuls of merchandise. Scott Calvert, WSJ, "‘Everything Is Gone’: Looting Strikes a Second Blow to Reeling Businesses in Minority Neighborhoods," 3 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Witherspoon will reprise her role as Elle Woods, the fashion merchandising major turned Harvard Law School student from the 2001 comedy. Nick Romano, EW.com, "Mindy Kaling boards Legally Blonde 3 as writer: 'Bend and snap, people!'," 19 May 2020 Mannequins were added to clothing sections, helping drive sales by showing garments merchandised as outfits. Sarah Halzack | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "It Worked at Target. Maybe It’ll Work at Macy’s.," 27 Feb. 2019 Because his company largely produces T-shirts and other apparel for the music and merchandising industry, many of his employees already wear masks to protect themselves from the dust involved in textile manufacturing. New York Times, "Christian Siriano and Dov Charney Are Making Masks and Medical Supplies Now," 21 Mar. 2020 In addition to his role in figure skating, Mr. Collins also handled merchandising for such musical acts as the Beach Boys, Neil Diamond, John Denver, the Blues Brothers, and the Cars. Barry Wilner, BostonGlobe.com, "Skating entrepreneur Tom Collins passes away at age 88," 1 Sep. 2019 Lastly, Tritton led merchandising at Target during a time of significant changes to in-store presentation. Washington Post, "Bed Bath & Beyond Pins Its Hopes to the Magic of Target," 10 Oct. 2019 My favorite part of my previous career was merchandising. Jenna Sauers, Harper's BAZAAR, "These Three Women Are Redefining What It Means to Be a Leader," 20 Nov. 2019 Universal Music Group, through merchandising company Bravado, also controls worldwide apparel rights for Bob Marley. Alexei Barrionuevo, Billboard, "Island Records & Primary Wave Celebrate Bob Marley's 75th With 'One Love Hotel' Takeover," 22 Jan. 2020 Since 2001, Barcelona’s merchandising operation had been subcontracted out to Nike, the team’s jersey sponsor. Rory Smith, New York Times, "Ernesto Valverde and the Prison of Barcelona’s Past," 14 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of merchandise

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Verb

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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The first known use of merchandise was in the 13th century

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27 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Merchandise.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/merchandise. Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for merchandise

merchandise

noun
How to pronounce merchandise (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of merchandise

 (Entry 1 of 2)

somewhat formal : goods that are bought and sold

merchandise

verb
How to pronounce merchandise (audio)

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

merchandise

noun
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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