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 The original Facebook post featuring Quilty has been shared thousands of times, and the shelter began selling #FreeQuilty merchandise to fundraise. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, "A shelter cat freed his feline friends. So he got put in 'solitary' and won't stop busting out," 14 Nov. 2019 The clerk fled to the rear of the store while the male took merchandise and fled. Washington Post, "Crime reports for Anne Arundel and Howard counties and for Annapolis," 13 Nov. 2019 One analyst following Nike said counterfeit merchandise perhaps played a role in Nike's decision to leave Amazon. Khristopher J. Brooks, CBS News, "Nike will no longer sell its shoes and swag on Amazon," 13 Nov. 2019 Stebbins is offering 30 percent off on all merchandise until the closing. Lorraine Mirabella,, "Stebbins Anderson in Towson will close after 152 years in business," 12 Nov. 2019 At the rear of the facility, waves of semi trucks backed up to a long row of loading docks, some disgorging crates of new merchandise and others filling up with outbound packages. Wired, "Meet the Immigrants Who Took On Amazon," 12 Nov. 2019 The National Women’s Soccer League filed a trademark application last week with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office seeking exclusive rights to use Proof Louisville FC on drinkware, clothing, keychains, backpacks, lip balm and other merchandise. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville's NWSL expansion team has a name, and it's a nod to Kentucky's favorite spirit," 12 Nov. 2019 The company reports something called gross merchandise volume, which is meant to represent the total value of orders on its platforms., "Alibaba says Singles Day in China was another hit - The Boston Globe," 12 Nov. 2019 The shopping festival, an anti-Valentine’s Day celebrated Nov. 11, smashed to a record $38 billion in gross merchandise volume (GMV), a rough measure of total transactions, a 26% increase year-over-year. Matthew De Silva, Quartz, "Singles Day sales top $38 billion despite trade tensions and protests," 11 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Managers award workers points and badges that can then be redeemed for anything from Starbucks gift cards to merchandise such as a Google Home smart speaker. Patrick Danner,, "Broadway Bank ranks as Top Workplace among large employers for 2nd straight year," 10 Oct. 2019 Brands were merchandised together, something that wasn't done at the time. Matthew Boyle, Fortune, "Walmart Takes a New Turn at Being More Fashionable," 17 Sep. 2019 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

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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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17 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Merchandise.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 November 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of merchandise

 (Entry 1 of 2)

somewhat formal : goods that are bought and sold


How to pronounce merchandise (audio)

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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