stock-in-trade

noun \ ˌstäk-ən-ˈtrād , ˈstäk-ən-ˌtrād \

Definition of stock-in-trade

1 : the equipment, merchandise, or materials necessary to or used in a trade or business
2 : something that resembles the standard equipment of a tradesman or business
  • humor was her stock-in-trade as a writer

First Known Use of stock-in-trade

1721

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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STOCK-IN-TRADE Defined for English Language Learners

stock-in-trade

Definition of stock-in-trade for English Language Learners

  • : something that someone or something does or makes very well and often


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legal Definition of stock in trade

: the equipment, merchandise, or materials necessary to or used in a trade or business

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