merchant

noun
mer·​chant | \ ˈmər-chənt \

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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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Nationwide more than 130 merchants have been arrested since the measures were announced, according to the chief prosecutor's office. Joshua Goodman, Fox News, "Venezuela merchants face arrest for defying Maduro's reforms," 7 Sep. 2018 Two online merchants told CNN customers may still obtain copies of the holy book from them through private messages, but public listing of the Bible is now impossible on Taobao. James Griffiths, CNN, "Bibles pulled from online stores as China increases control of religion," 5 Apr. 2018 The city also mailed letters in early November to all businesses licensed to sell tobacco products in its jurisdiction — more than 1,600 merchants in all — notifying them of the proposal and inviting them to a Nov. 16 town hall to discuss the issue. Peggy O’hare, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio to vote on stricter tobacco sales law," 10 Jan. 2018 But at least two Plaza merchants have since put up signs saying their restrooms are for paying customers only. Joyce Smith, kansascity, "The Country Club Plaza’s public restroom problem | The Kansas City Star," 8 Jan. 2018 Sales at nonstore retailers, a category that includes internet merchants like Amazon.com , rose a robust 10.8% from a year earlier, suggesting online sales are taking a bigger share of consumer dollars. Sarah Chaney, WSJ, "Holiday Season Retail Sales Heat Up," 14 Dec. 2018 Once ruled by the Medici family, the village of Santo Stefano di Sessanio was a business hub for shepherds, merchants, and craftsmen. Daria Di Lello, Vogue, "Finding Serenity—and Forest-Grown Truffles—in the Mountains of Abruzzo, Italy," 23 Nov. 2018 See the photo gallery above for a virtual tour of the marketplace merchants, and view more market tours below. Melissa Kravitz, USA TODAY, "Taste San Francisco's Ferry Building Marketplace," 11 June 2018 As Business Insider notes, this is an example of Amazon creating its own version of a best seller from a third-party merchant on its website—something Senator Elizabeth Warren and others have criticized. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Amazon debuts new Casper-style mattress in a box," 1 Oct. 2018

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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merchant

noun

English Language Learners Definition of merchant

: someone who buys and sells goods especially in large amounts

: the owner or manager of a store

: someone who is known for a particular quality, activity, etc.

merchant

noun
mer·​chant | \ ˈmər-chənt \

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 \

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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