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mer·​chan·​dise ˈmər-chən-ˌdīz How to pronounce merchandise (audio)
: the commodities or goods that are bought and sold in business : wares
sells a variety of spring merchandise
archaic : the occupation of a merchant : trade


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mer·​chan·​dise ˈmər-chən-ˌdīz How to pronounce merchandise (audio)
variants or less commonly merchandize
merchandised also merchandized; merchandising also merchandizing

transitive verb

: to buy and sell in business
carpets from Iran, India, or Taiwan are merchandised along with Italian leather goods and Spanish ceramicsIrving Kolodin
: to promote for or as if for sale
merchandise a movie star

intransitive verb

archaic : to carry on commerce : trade
merchandiser noun

Example Sentences

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
Eduard Velandia-Ventura, 36, and Michelle Duarte, 18, no address listed for either, were charged with retail theft at 3:30 p.m. Jan. 14 after taking unspecified merchandise from Nordstrom, 10 Oakbrook Center. Chuck Fieldman, Chicago Tribune, 20 Jan. 2023 Brandt has been spotted at several 49ers games, completely decked out in team merchandise. Alex Gurley, Peoplemag, 20 Jan. 2023 Meanwhile, there will be on-site activities, including a soccer pitch, club mascots, team merchandise, spray tattoos and access to the Premier League trophy. Dewayne Bevil, Orlando Sentinel, 19 Jan. 2023 Fair condition merchandise sold by The RealReal is on average 33% cheaper that products being resold in good or excellent condition. Parija Kavilanz, CNN, 19 Jan. 2023 In addition, there will be a maze based on the Jumanji board game as well as themed food, drink, merchandise and hotel rooms. K.j. Yossman, Variety, 18 Jan. 2023 During the watch party, the Pro Shop tent will sell Dallas Cowboys merchandise. Dallas News, 18 Jan. 2023 Additionally, at the Deltona, Florida, warehouse, OSHA also cited Amazon for exposing workers to the hazard of being struck by falling boxes with merchandise. Aaron Katersky, ABC News, 18 Jan. 2023 Fans can buy Coachella and artist merchandise through YouTube Shopping, while YouTube Premium subscribers will be able to access exclusive content. Sheena Vasani, The Verge, 17 Jan. 2023
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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Word History


Noun and Verb

Middle English marchaundise, from Anglo-French marchandise, from marcheant

First Known Use


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2


14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of merchandise was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Merchandise.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
mer·​chan·​dise ˈmər-chən-ˌdīz How to pronounce merchandise (audio)
: the goods that are bought and sold in trade


2 of 2 verb
merchandised; merchandising
: to buy and sell : trade
especially : to try to improve sales of goods or services by attractive presentation and publicity
merchandiser noun

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