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 Shoppers may also find a more limited selection of mixers and blenders in store aisles, but a wider selection of cosmetics as the retailer pares some categories of merchandise and boosts others. Charisse Jones, USA TODAY, "Macy's store closings just one part of plan: New shops are opening and online gets upgrade," 5 Feb. 2020 The suspect allegedly stole $19,000 worth of merchandise from a Sephora cosmetics store in Fremont before being shot Friday night in Union City following a 10-mile, high-speed freeway chase. Steve Rubenstein,, "Sephora theft suspect shot by Fremont police after ramming cop cars, police say," 5 Feb. 2020 Most of its 200 existing Backstage stores are carved into existing Macy’s department stores with separate entrances and a different mix of merchandise. Maria Halkias, Dallas News, "Macy’s is partly betting its future on a new shop opening first in Southlake Town Square," 4 Feb. 2020 Hughes joined Warner Music Group in 2011 as U.K. head of merchandise and has worked on campaigns for Biffy Clyro, Blur, Ed Sheeran, Gorillaz, Joy Division, Liam Gallagher, New Order and Royal Blood. Richard Smirke, Billboard, "Warner Music Artist Services' UK Arm Announces New Leadership," 15 Jan. 2020 Two of three men authorities said robbed a Bethesda jewelry store at gunpoint and escaped with an estimated $60,000 of merchandise are in custody in Maryland and Virginia, according to Montgomery County police. Washington Post, "Local Digest: Man wanted in Maryland in wife’s slaying turns himself in," 11 Jan. 2020 About one million shoppers annually come to the Scottsboro store, which features 50,000 square feet of merchandise. William Thornton |, al, "Unclaimed Baggage marks 50th anniversary with a 50-state road tour," 8 Jan. 2020 Two people tried to flee the Family Dollar, located at 2423 Harrison Avenue, with two shopping carts full of merchandise. Segann March,, "Police looking for suspects involved in Family Dollar robbery," 22 Dec. 2019 But before week's end, production of merchandise with the new logo had come to a screeching halt. Rana L. Cash, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville City FC pulls the plug on its new crest after fans bash the design," 19 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 There will still be merchandising, theme park attractions, Disney+ series and spinoff films on the big screen. Frank Pallotta, CNN, "'Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker' looks to cap off Disney's incredible year at the box office," 20 Dec. 2019 As president, essentially the company's second-in-command, Lawton has overseen all aspects of the Macy’s brand, taking on responsibility for functions like merchandising, marketing, stores, operations, tech, and consumer insights, and analytics. Phil Wahba, Fortune, "Macy’s Challenges Get Tougher as Its President Exits," 5 Dec. 2019 Understand that each platform has a purpose and design content accordingly Take advantage of social commerce opportunities Leverage short form video to push content awareness of artists and to exploit merchandising opportunities. Gabriella Mirabelli, Billboard, "Charting a Course in the Digital Ocean," 24 Sep. 2019 But any hugely popular franchise is going to inevitably capitalize on merchandising opportunities. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "In defense of Star Wars' cuddliest creatures… or why you should show Porgs and Ewoks more love," 28 Nov. 2019 The event benefits the fashion design and merchandising students at Houston Community College. Joy Sewing, Houston Chronicle, "Kimora Lee Simmons to visit Houston for HCC's Passion for Fashion," 24 Sep. 2019 Technology and selfie-ready stops have roles as well, members of the company’s visual-merchandising team say. Dewayne Bevil,, "World of Disney store’s displays designed to entertain as well as lure shoppers," 26 Nov. 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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10 Feb 2020

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“Merchandise.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Feb. 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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