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


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

Other Words from merchandise


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
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The new agreement stipulates that C3 will pay the Park District a share of the total festival revenue, including admissions, food and beverage, merchandise, third party licensing, sponsorships, and streaming. Chicago Tribune, 8 Aug. 2022 Michael Relich, co-chief executive of Pacific Sunwear of California LLC, a youth apparel retailer known as PacSun, said the company’s direct-to-consumer strategy helps the merchant take greater control of its merchandise. Akiko Matsuda, WSJ, 6 Aug. 2022 That means food, merchandise and other ancillary revenue is rising alongside ticket sales. Alex Weprin, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Aug. 2022 The brand increased the prices of all its merchandise by 3.5% on average at the beginning of the year. Dana Givens, Robb Report, 2 Aug. 2022 Located directly in front of Paul Brown Stadium and coinciding with the Cincinnati Music Festival, this is Cincinnati's premiere merchant festival featuring nearly 100 food and merchandise booths. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, 18 July 2022 These include food and merchandise vendors, children’s activities, a live display tank for some fish and another area where all manner of exotic creatures are displayed on ice. al, 14 July 2022 Performers are paid for the gigs and can sell their merchandise, too. Jennifer Sawhney, Journal Sentinel, 7 July 2022 Perks include free parking and discounts on food and merchandise, with the pass program starting at $159 for California residents and $199 for general guests. Carly Caramanna, Travel + Leisure, 15 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The rep has to educate the buyer on the new products, merchandise the line, take notes back and forth, and work within the confines of the buyer’s budget. Outside Online, 6 May 2021 Disney fans are notoriously devoted fans, and their commitment extends to merchandise the company strategically doles out to spark brand buzz and bring in big revenue. Laura Blasey, Los Angeles Times, 11 Feb. 2022 From product placement on shelves or promotional displays to shopper messaging communicated through marketing materials or special offers, how brands and retailers merchandise their products can vary greatly. David Gottlieb, Forbes, 19 May 2021 According to Mente, his team had to change purchases to merchandise more suitable to what consumers were looking for during the pandemic and adjust quickly. Margherita Beale, Forbes, 6 May 2021 Witherspoon will reprise her role as Elle Woods, the fashion merchandising major turned Harvard Law School student from the 2001 comedy. Nick Romano,, 19 May 2020 Mannequins were added to clothing sections, helping drive sales by showing garments merchandised as outfits. Sarah Halzack | Bloomberg, Washington Post, 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, 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,, 1 Sep. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of merchandise


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2


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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merchandise freight

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15 Aug 2022

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“Merchandise.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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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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