merchandise

noun
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

merchandise

verb
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

Verb

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 tweaking of the Billboard 200 chart rules, where merchandise/album bundles and ticket/album bundles no longer count (effective Oct. 8) definitely plays some role. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Five Burning Questions: Ariana Grande Debuts Atop the Billboard 200 With 'Positions' Album," 10 Nov. 2020 Customers need to turn in their Trump merchandise — flags, T-shirts, hats — to get the free entrée, side and drink at Pollo - A Gourmet Chicken Joint at 1991 Brownsboro Road. Emma Austin, The Courier-Journal, "Why a Louisville restaurant is giving food to Trump supporters who turn in their MAGA hats," 9 Nov. 2020 SeaWorld’s Christmas Market will include merchandise, entertainment plus holiday food and drink. Dewayne Bevil, orlandosentinel.com, "SeaWorld sets Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa festivities, adds ice skating for visitors," 6 Nov. 2020 Thirteen groups were selling merchandise or literature, including e-book anthologies of articles by the white nationalist group VDARE through Amazon.com. NBC News, "Tech platforms continue to let U.S.-based hate groups use them to make payments," 27 Oct. 2020 Others see them as an opportunity to sell merchandise. Lane Florsheim, WSJ, "Are Blankets the New Going-Out Accessory?," 14 Oct. 2020 Nike has stepped up efforts to sell more merchandise directly to consumers -- an initiative that has led to job cuts. Kim Bhasin, Fortune, "Nike rallies after profits show signs of bouncing back from pandemic," 23 Sep. 2020 Wholesalers that sell merchandise to other businesses and not the general public. Paulina Pineda, The Arizona Republic, "Chandler expands grant program after awarding $2 million to hard-hit small businesses," 13 Sep. 2020 The store in Dallas’ Inwood Village has already closed, but Grapevine Mills is among five Last Call stores that Neiman Marcus has said will stay open to sell clearance merchandise. Maria Halkias, Dallas News, "Neiman Marcus adds two more stores to its closing list," 29 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Witherspoon will reprise her role as Elle Woods, the fashion merchandising major turned Harvard Law School student from the 2001 comedy. Nick Romano, EW.com, "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, BostonGlobe.com, "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

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First Known Use of merchandise

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Verb

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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Last Updated

18 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Merchandise.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/merchandise. Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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More Definitions for merchandise

merchandise

noun
How to pronounce merchandise (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of merchandise

 (Entry 1 of 2)

somewhat formal : goods that are bought and sold

merchandise

verb
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

merchandise

noun
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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