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

Rather than raise prices, the big-box discounter responded with cash donations, free merchandise and meals. Jennifer Brett, ajc, "Economists pan price gouging laws as Dorian nears," 4 Sep. 2019 The business, based in Fort Worth, Texas, operates half a dozen product divisions, including clothing, bags and electronics for businesses, workplace uniforms and other branded merchandise. Parija Kavilanz, CNN, "Big companies feel the sting of Trump's trade war. But small businesses are in agony," 4 Sep. 2019 The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating a report that a helicopter was flying low over locations in Pacific Beach and Mission Bay and dropping advertising merchandise on Monday afternoon, officials said. Karen Kucher, San Diego Union-Tribune, "FAA investigating report of low-flying helicopter dropping advertisements at beach," 3 Sep. 2019 Backstage, which touts merchandise at 20% to 80% off department store prices, opened in August in the Towson store., "Macy’s in Towson, Columbia are among 100 targeted by national retailer for upgrades," 3 Sep. 2019 There are food and merchandise bargains throughout the Fairgrounds. 2. Kathy Berdan, Twin Cities, "Today at the Fair: Monday, Sept. 2: Kids and Last Chance Day," 2 Sep. 2019 The movement had merchandise: No-toll stickers, baseball caps, t-shirts, and yard signs. al, "How the I-10 project was killed," 1 Sep. 2019 Fred Sepulveda-Sanchez, 30, of the 6200 block of South Richmond Street, Chicago, was charged with retail theft at 9:02 p.m. Aug. 24 after taking unspecified merchandise from Macy’s, 1 Oakbrook Center. Chuck Fieldman,, "Oak Brook police blotter: Tennessee, Bolingbrook, Evergreen Park men charged with DUI in separate incidents," 31 Aug. 2019 When the installation was finally complete, Jo put the finishing touches with signature merchandise. Selena Barrientos, House Beautiful, "You’ve Got to See How Joanna Gaines Created Magnolia Market’s New Fall Display," 30 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Historically, merchandising created more revenue than TV or movies, but as the popularity of anime has skyrocketed overseas, anime itself makes up a much larger portion of the revenue. Eric Margolis, Vox, "The dark side of Japan’s anime industry," 2 July 2019 But Vanderbilt transcended her famously disjointed childhood and later upheavals to become an actress, artist, author and fashion and merchandising icon., "Today: To Build or Not to Build in Wildfire Zones?," 18 June 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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