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)

transitive verb

: to deal or trade in

intransitive verb

archaic : to deal or trade as a merchant

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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

His mother, Mama Fatty, was a homemaker; his father, Almami Jawara, a merchant. Julie Turkewitz, BostonGlobe.com, "Dawda Jawara, founding father of Gambia, dies at 95," 7 Sep. 2019 In a story arc that adds aching poignancy, Donna Migliaccio packs humor and solidity into landlady Fräulein Schneider, who is wooed by Herr Schultz, a gentle Jewish fruit merchant. Celia Wren, Washington Post, "In this Kit Kat Klub, there’s a little less sleaze but just enough sizzle," 4 Sep. 2019 His mother, Mama Fatty, was a homemaker; his father, Almami Jawara, a merchant. Julie Turkewitz, New York Times, "Dawda Jawara, Founding Father of Gambia, Dies at 95," 4 Sep. 2019 Some of the actor/musicians bring the jazz vibe into the show itself, particularly trumpeter Tyler Felson, nattily dressed as a merchant. Christopher Arnott, courant.com, "Review: Elm Shakespeare’s ‘Comedy of Errors’ a joyous, joke-based stroll in the park," 19 Aug. 2019 Align is a Procter & Gamble brand but a third-party merchant was selling counterfeit Align products on Amazon. Naseem S. Miller, orlandosentinel.com, "Dietary supplements: How to avoid fake products," 14 Aug. 2019 In addition to giving its private-label products a boost, the tactic appears to give Amazon’s retail sales operation an advantage over merchants that sell their own goods on the site. Jay Greene, Washington Post, "Aggressive Amazon tactic pushes you to consider its own brand before you click ‘buy’," 28 Aug. 2019 Alongside the musical performances, Sound of Summer will have food and art vendors, local merchants and interactive activities throughout the event grounds. Polly Anna Rocha, ExpressNews.com, "Sound of Summer set to debut in San Antonio," 27 Aug. 2019 Next door is the Nathaniel Hempstead, a stone house built in 1759 for Joshua’s grandson, a merchant and one of three rope makers working in New London at the time. Pamela Wright, BostonGlobe.com, "Don’t overlook New London," 27 Aug. 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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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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