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mer·​chan·​dise ˈmər-chən-ˌdīz How to pronounce merchandise (audio)
: the commodities or goods that are bought and sold in business : wares
sells a variety of spring merchandise
archaic : the occupation of a merchant : trade


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

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

archaic : to carry on commerce : trade
merchandiser noun

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
Recent Examples on the Web
All merchandise will be available while supplies last. Hannah Wise, Kansas City Star, 14 Feb. 2024 Those who do will receive a 15% discount for the Friends of St. Paul Public Library’s online shop, which features a limited-time-only supply of laser loon merchandise, including canvas bags and t-shirts. Frederick Melo, Twin Cities, 13 Feb. 2024 But the burden is far worse when an exhibitor bets on too much inventory, and merchandise sits on the shelves. Pamela McClintock, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 Feb. 2024 According to the social media post, merchandise at the store and online is 40% off. Hanh Truong, Sacramento Bee, 13 Feb. 2024 The Bucks are deploying the fast-growing technology to more efficiently and effectively connect with their fan base, and sell more tickets and merchandise. Jack Kelly, Forbes, 12 Feb. 2024 But music royalties are only part of a bigger pie that includes concerts, merchandise sales and licensing. Glenn Peoples, Billboard, 8 Feb. 2024 That includes 94,000 pieces of counterfeit sports merchandise. Luke Barr, ABC News, 7 Feb. 2024 The shirt and a lot more Super Bowl merchandise are available for order now online or at their store on the Country Club Plaza. Joseph Hernandez, Kansas City Star, 30 Jan. 2024
In 2017, these customers made up 21% of Dollar General’s shoppers and 43% of its sales in 2017 according to Jim Thorpe, Dollar General’s chief merchandising officer at the time. Bysasha Rogelberg, Fortune, 12 Feb. 2024 As the books flew off shelves (or hopped off, as the case may be), Potter sensed a merchandising opportunity. Jess Bidgood, New York Times, 19 Jan. 2024 Rosen was instrumental in turning these chefs into A-list celebrities through choosing appropriate endorsements, merchandising deals, venues, etc., to build their brands. Brian Steinberg, Variety, 3 Jan. 2024 Forbes notes that ticket and merchandising sales from the 53-stop tour should bring in a well over $1 billion in revenues, a record. Jon Markman, Forbes, 27 Nov. 2023 The company has shaped the very nature of entertainment through its movies, theme parks that have become vacation destinations, merchandising strategies and television networks. Meg James, Los Angeles Times, 16 Oct. 2023 Like everything else in American culture, imperialism has been merchandised. Carolina A. Miranda, Los Angeles Times, 11 Nov. 2023 LaVonne was a fashion design and merchandising major and dance team member, while Joel studied agribusiness. Nasha Smith, Peoplemag, 3 Nov. 2023 By the early 1930s, as the cartoons were enchanting moviegoers, Disney found that merchandising the characters could be an additional lucrative source of revenue that could sustain the company during the long process of making films. Meg James, Los Angeles Times, 16 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History


Noun and Verb

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

First Known Use


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2


14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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

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Cite this Entry

“Merchandise.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
mer·​chan·​dise ˈmər-chən-ˌdīz How to pronounce merchandise (audio)
: the goods that are bought and sold in trade


2 of 2 verb
merchandised; merchandising
: to buy and sell : trade
especially : to try to improve sales of goods or services by attractive presentation and publicity
merchandiser noun

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