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

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 Munz found an even bigger warehouse space on Long Island and moved to selling merchandise, virtual events, and even a digital magazine online. Meimei Fox, Forbes, "The Fashion Foundation Turns Industry Waste Into School Supplies," 6 May 2021 While the existence of the original Dawg Pound was downplayed by the franchise, it has been embraced by the team over the last 20 years, with stadium signs, merchandise, mascots and dog themes during pregame introductions. Scott Patsko, cleveland, "Cleveland Browns 101: What 2021 rookies (and others) should know about the team," 4 May 2021 Before the game, vendors outside the stadium sold merchandise mocking the Astros, including profane shirts and foam fingers — one digit raised, not the pointer., "Salty fans, hot Yankees greet Astros in return to Bronx," 4 May 2021 Creator+ also is looking at working with creators on other kinds of audience interaction through merchandise, consumer products or other types of digital goods and experiences. Wendy Lee, Los Angeles Times, "Can social media creators make movies? This local startup is banking on it," 21 Apr. 2021 Payment for merchandise, food, and beverages was by credit card only. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, "I Went to the Masters During COVID — Here's How to Take a Safe Golf Trip in 2021," 19 Apr. 2021 Posting on Facebook on Tuesday, Thomason revealed a package had arrived at her workplace—stuffed full of Taylor Swift merchandise, including shirts, sweaters, guitar picks, a notebook, and a water bottle. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "Taylor Swift Sent a Personal Gift to a Nurse Working on the COVID-19 Frontline," 15 Apr. 2021 Guests can enjoy limited-time experiences April 18-24, including unique Disney character appearances, specialty merchandise, themed food, and unique learning opportunities. Orlando Sentinel Podcasts,, "PODCAST: Disney’s Animal Kingdom preps for Earth Day festivities and new babies (Ep. 93)," 15 Apr. 2021 One person was in police custody after several people smashed a glass door and made off with merchandise, including purses, from the Nordstrom store on Michigan Avenue early Monday, police said. Chicago Tribune Staff,, "1 in custody, others sought by cops in Michigan Avenue Nordstrom break-in," 12 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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, "E-Commerce Retailer Revolve’s Cofounders Now Billionaires Amid Soaring Stock," 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,, "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,, "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

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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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11 May 2021

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“Merchandise.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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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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