merchantman

noun

mer·​chant·​man ˈmər-chənt-mən How to pronounce merchantman (audio)
1
archaic : merchant
2
: a ship used in commerce

Examples of merchantman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These preyed upon American merchantmen who either payed tribute or showed forged British passes. Thomas Wendel, National Review, 4 July 2019 The Navy already has ships in the fleet that are former merchantmen. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 10 Jan. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of merchantman was in the 15th century

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“Merchantman.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/merchantman. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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merchantman

noun
mer·​chant·​man ˈmər-chənt-mən How to pronounce merchantman (audio)
: a ship used in trade

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