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 same goes for returns — and Nordstrom expects its first few days back in business to be dominated by returns of merchandise bought online during lockdown. Jessica Testa, New York Times, "Will Shopping Ever Be the Same?," 11 May 2020 One of the men had entered the store and taken almost $1,000 worth of merchandise, including shavers and teeth-whitening strips. Bruce Geiselman, cleveland, "Woman chases off burglars: Westlake Police Blotter," 2 May 2020 Johnson went back to the Meijer on Geier Drive and loaded a shopping cart with $200 worth of merchandise. Madeline Mitchell,, "Court docs: Man charged in 7 theft incidents since March 8, frequents Oakley stores," 30 Apr. 2020 Anthony Fauci’s burgeoning fame as a voice for science within White House corridors and beyond reached new heights in April, with the release of a raft of merchandise in his honor, including a bobblehead. Meagan Weiland, Science | AAAS, "Fauci mania! His voice for science during pandemic inspires bobblehead, other kitsch … and SNL," 29 Apr. 2020 Police determined Gonzalez was the one who swiped the checks, then visited a Home Depot to buy more than $3,000 worth of merchandise with the funds before returning the items for cash, officials said. NBC News, "Speedy Gonzalez, mail fraud suspect, arrested in Georgia," 28 Apr. 2020 One big order of merchandise was deemed too big and canceled. Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News, "For Anchorage grocers, long days, shortages and tough choices during the coronavirus crisis," 22 Apr. 2020 According to police, the arrest occurred after Sechrist stole over $1,000 worth of merchandise from an IKEA store in Ybor City, Florida. Rasha Ali, USA TODAY, "'Deadliest Catch' star Jerod Sechrist arrested for the third time in six months," 11 Apr. 2020 Walker was arrested on felony vandalism charges according to the South Lake Tahoe Police Department after nearly $2,000 worth of merchandise was compromised. Tanya A. Christian, Essence, "California Woman Arrested For Licking Groceries As States Enact Protections For Workers," 9 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 Since 2001, Barcelona’s merchandising operation had been subcontracted out to Nike, the team’s jersey sponsor. Rory Smith, New York Times, "Ernesto Valverde and the Prison of Barcelona’s Past," 14 Jan. 2020 With CVs that include merchandising at J. Crew for Winter and design at Calvin Klein and Madewell for Cameron (now design director for AYR), the duo certainly had the clout to take on the venture. Kerry Pieri, Harper's BAZAAR, "AYR Finds the Perfect Middle," 21 Nov. 2014 But a deep focus on making more covetable, unique items – and merchandising them in more aspirational displays – could go a long way toward restoring relevance. Sarah Halzack | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "It Worked at Target. Maybe It’ll Work at Macy’s.," 27 Feb. 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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18 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Merchandise.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of merchandise

 (Entry 1 of 2)

somewhat formal : goods that are bought and sold


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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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