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 In July 2018, Drucker was issued a summons for taking $58.25 in merchandise from a Walmart near Covington. Andrew Canulette And Sara Pagones | Staff Writers, NOLA.com, "Counting down the rest of St. Tammany's Top 10 stories of 2020," 29 Dec. 2020 Before the season started, commercial real estate firm CBRE and Optoro, a firm that helps retailers manage returns, forecast a record amount of merchandise valued at $70.5 billion will be returned this holiday season. Maria Halkias, Dallas News, "Surge in online gift shopping makes returns and exchanges a bigger deal this year," 29 Dec. 2020 Superheroes have long been Hollywood’s most reliable moneymakers, especially when sales of related merchandise are included. New York Times, "Managing Movie Superheroes Is About to Get a Lot More Complicated," 27 Dec. 2020 An employee, a Cleveland man, 21, was arrested for the theft of merchandise valued at a total of $1,639.88. cleveland, "Woman, 55, avoids carjacking in JCU annex lot: University Heights police blotter," 23 Dec. 2020 In the past, Swift’s albums, including Folklore, like many other albums, benefited from merchandise/album bundles and physical/digital combo offers. Keith Caulfield, Billboard, "Taylor Swift’s ‘Evermore’ Arrives at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart," 20 Dec. 2020 This season has produced a record flow of incoming cargo at the Port of New York and New Jersey—driven in part by the insatiable demand for merchandise from people stuck at home during the pandemic. Anne Kadet, WSJ, "New York-Area Ports Are Setting Shipment Records," 15 Dec. 2020 Hell's Kitchen restaurant in downtown Minneapolis has seen sales of online merchandise up 800%, but its gift card sales remain steady compared to last year. John Ewoldt, Star Tribune, "Minnesota retailers say gift card bounty not reaching all of them equally," 10 Dec. 2020 The holiday shopping season is on, and with it the hunt for merchandise to commemorate the Dodgers’ first World Series championship since 1988. Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times, "The voice of the Angels sells Dodgers championship T-shirts," 10 Dec. 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

11 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Merchandise.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/merchandise. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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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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