merchant

noun
mer·​chant | \ ˈmər-chənt How to pronounce merchant (audio) \

Definition of merchant

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a buyer and seller of commodities for profit : trader
2 : the operator of a retail business : storekeeper
3 : one that is noted for a particular quality or activity : specialist a speed merchant on the base paths

merchant

adjective

Definition of merchant (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : of, relating to, used in, or engaged in commerce The city's reputation, though, is as a merchant city in this nation historically known for its traders.— Peter Theroux
2 : of, relating to, or used in a merchant marine part of the merchant fleet One hundred years ago, a group of 11 senators blocked a bill that would have allowed U.S. merchant ships to arm themselves against German U-boats as World War I raged in Europe.— James Hohmann

merchant

verb
merchanted; merchanting; merchants

Definition of merchant (Entry 3 of 3)

intransitive verb

archaic : to deal or trade as a merchant

transitive verb

: to deal or trade in

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Examples of merchant in a Sentence

Noun

Merchants traveled hundreds of miles to trade in the city. a family of wealthy merchants The town's merchants closed their shops during the parade. Prizes were given by local merchants.
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The company’s network doesn’t require merchants to validate the cardholder’s name, and the name on the card doesn’t aid a transaction’s security, Seshadri said. Jenny Surane And Elizabeth Rembert / Bloomberg, Time, "Mastercard Will Allow Transgender and Non-Binary Customers to Use Their Chosen Name on Cards," 17 June 2019 Iran and Turkey, which vie for influence in Kurdistan, have encouraged their merchants to return. The Economist, "Two years after a disastrous referendum, Iraq’s Kurds are prospering," 15 June 2019 The corpulent merchant was even prouder to show it off to the young Duke of Saxe-Weimar and his new privy councilor, Johann Wolfgang Goethe. Andrew Roberts, The New York Review of Books, "Ferdinand Mount," 6 June 2019 Where the strategy holds particular promise is in emerging markets where reaching smaller merchants is a challenge. Aaron Back, WSJ, "Paying Up for Worldpay Might Make Sense," 18 Mar. 2019 They're either sold off or given away to foreign countries, or cut up and sold to scrap merchants. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Arizona Boneyard Where Old Warplanes Go To Die," 29 Mar. 2016 Stay in the city's old wharf district, the Bryggen; and visit the fish market—a gathering spot for merchants since the 13th century. National Geographic, "Norway High School Expedition," 17 June 2019 By Amazon service, which provides storage, packing and shipping for independent merchants selling products on the company’s website. Bloomberg, latimes.com, "FedEx decides not to renew Amazon’s U.S. air-delivery contract," 7 June 2019 There will also be sign-up bonuses for merchants who accept Facebook’s cryptocurrency as payment. Elizabeth Lopatto, The Verge, "Facebook’s new cryptocurrency may launch this month, a report says," 6 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

So basically merchant refineries should not be the ones that have to purchase these credits or blend the ethanol. Jacob Weisberg, Slate Magazine, "The Obscure EPA Rule That Brought Down a Trump Adviser," 23 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of merchant

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

15th century , in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for merchant

Noun

Middle English marchant, from Anglo-French, from Vulgar Latin *mercatant-, mercatans, from present participle of mercatare to trade, frequentative of Latin mercari — more at market

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The first known use of merchant was in the 13th century

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merchant

noun

English Language Learners Definition of merchant

 (Entry 1 of 2)

somewhat old-fashioned : someone who buys and sells goods especially in large amounts
chiefly US or Scotland : the owner or manager of a store
informal : someone who is known for a particular quality, activity, etc.

merchant

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of merchant (Entry 2 of 2)

: used for or involved in trading goods

merchant

noun
mer·​chant | \ ˈmər-chənt How to pronounce merchant (audio) \

Kids Definition of merchant

1 : a person who buys and sells goods especially on a large scale or with foreign countries

merchant

noun
mer·​chant | \ ˈmər-chənt How to pronounce merchant (audio) \

Legal Definition of merchant

: a person who trades in goods especially of a certain kind and possesses expertise in the area of the goods and the practices of trading in them or who employs others with such expertise a warranty that the goods shall be merchantable is implied in a contract for their sale if the seller is a merchant with respect to goods of that kindUniform Commercial Code

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