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

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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

Theft, Brookpark Road: On Aug. 28, a Walmart employee observed a customer attempting to steal merchandise from the Brookpark Road store. John Benson,, "Drunk Cleveland man passed out on tree lawn: Brooklyn Police Blotter," 11 Sep. 2019 The loss prevention officer said a woman, later identified as Jones, put stolen merchandise into a shopping bag and left the store. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A Milwaukee woman led police on a 100 mph chase through rush hour traffic in Wauwatosa, complaint says," 9 Aug. 2019 Some of the merchandise eventually is shipped abroad and sold for much higher prices. Washington Post, "Think your credit card is safe in your wallet? Think again.," 10 Sep. 2019 Still, Ruttenberg said the China tariffs will affect every product in the company's portfolio because even the merchandise made in US factories uses components sourced from China. Parija Kavilanz, CNN, "Big companies feel the sting of Trump's trade war. But small businesses are in agony," 4 Sep. 2019 The merchandise will feature products from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars, including items from its upcoming Frozen 2 and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker properties. Phil Wahba, Fortune, "Target to Open Dozens of Disney Stores in the Next Year," 25 Aug. 2019 The store's theme changes during the year and so will some of the merchandise. Maria Halkias, Dallas News, "Retail Therapy: NYC's Camp experience store coming to Dallas. Shop now tax free in Texas.," 9 Aug. 2019 But most dog surfing fans came for the spectacle, not the merchandise. Steve Rubenstein,, "Dogs and surfboards, what’s not to like?," 3 Aug. 2019 Democratic candidates like Andrew Yang and Elizabeth Warren also sell campaign merchandise through the app. Kerry Flynn, CNN, "Snapchat launches political ads library as 2020 election ramps up," 15 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In addition to his role in figure skating, Collins also handled merchandising for such musical acts as the Beach Boys, Neil Diamond, John Denver, the Blues Brothers and the Cars. Barry Wilner, Twin Cities, "Minneapolis entrepreneur Tom Collins, creator of Champions on Ice, dies at 88," 1 Sep. 2019 Financial terms of the deal with Paws Inc. were not disclosed, but Garfield has been a merchandising cash machine for decades and is thought to make millions each year in book, toy and other sales. Polina Marinova, Fortune, "What’s Going on With SoftBank’s Second Mega-Fund?: Term Sheet," 7 Aug. 2019 Back in January, Universal Music Group’s merchandising arm Bravado acquired its competitor Epic Rights; three months earlier, Warner Music Group completed its acquisition of German merch company EMP. Tatiana Cirisano, Billboard, "Sony Music's Thread Shop Merch Agency Expands With Acquisition of The Araca Group's Division," 6 Aug. 2019 Sony sold the Spider-Man merchandising rights to Disney in 2011. Ryan Faughnder, Los Angeles Times, "Spider-Man is leaving the Marvel Cinematic Universe after Sony and Disney talks fall apart," 20 Aug. 2019 Affected workers are in retail sales, delivery, auditing, merchandising and warehouse positions. Marcia Heroux Pounds,, "Nestle to lay off nearly 70 in Weston," 19 Aug. 2019 Audiences got the chance to buy the lifestyle through merchandising tie-ins of luxury housewares like silver ice buckets, china, bed linens, and wall coverings. Joanna Scutts, Curbed, "The shows we’ve lived by," 14 Aug. 2019 The Boys is set in an America where superheroes are heavily commodified and merchandised. Shana O'neil, The Verge, "The Boys is a bloody manic mayhem dream show," 24 July 2019 That’s because Florida sports-merchandising company Fanatics takes over the Warriors’ stores and online operations Monday. Shwanika Narayan,, "Warriors pass store operations to Fanatics in 10-year deal," 22 July 2019

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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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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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