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 Creators who leaned hard into anti-Amber Heard content saw their followings skyrocket through posting videos that experts say are misogynistic, amassing money from merchandise sales and ad revenue in the process. Taylor Lorenz, Washington Post, 18 Sep. 2022 Further interest focuses on the outlook for the powerful brand affiliated with the royal family, which draws tourists to Britain from around the world and appears on merchandise emblazoned with the royal coat of arms. Max Zahn, ABC News, 15 Sep. 2022 However, shoppers are holding onto their money in 2022, forcing Target to slash prices on merchandise that just won't move. - Powering A Personal Wealth Movement, Forbes, 26 Aug. 2022 Walmart also had to offer sales on its nonessential general merchandise in the quarter. Chris Isidore, CNN, 20 Aug. 2022 Target reported before the bell Wednesday that its earnings fell nearly 90 percent from a year ago, confirming its warning that steep markdowns on unwanted merchandise would hurt profits. Harold Maass, The Week, 17 Aug. 2022 The company’s logo will continue to be featured on the chest of the team’s primary and secondary kits, in all training and general club apparel, on academy and Galaxy II jerseys, and on select retail merchandise, according to the company. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, 16 Aug. 2022 That’s prompting Walmart to cut prices on general merchandise even as grocery sales — which are less profitable for the retailer — continue to soar. Brendan Case, Fortune, 3 Aug. 2022 Walmart said its markdowns on merchandise at its flagship stores and Sam’s Club warehouse chain will result in falling profits in the second quarter and fiscal year. Francesca Fontana, WSJ, 29 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb So today, trade shows are about branding, relationships, marketing and trying to display and merchandise your product in the best light. Doug Schnitzspahn, Outside Online, 13 May 2016 From in-person meetings to sharing via email, being able to merchandise an assortment or order is a critical feature of a modern B2B platform. Tom Rau, Outside Online, 7 Dec. 2020 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 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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20 Sep 2022

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“Merchandise.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2022.

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

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: goods that are bought and sold

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