ˌstäk-ən-ˈtrād How to pronounce stock-in-trade (audio)
: the equipment, merchandise, or materials necessary to or used in a trade or business
: something that resembles the standard equipment of a tradesman or business
humor was her stock-in-trade as a writer

Examples of stock-in-trade in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Under the auspices of veteran programmer and interim festival director Nam Dong-chul, the lineup continues Busan’s stock-in-trade of Asian film and talent discovery. Patrick Frater, Variety, 4 Oct. 2023 Canet is unexpectedly affecting as Mathieu’s debonair charm, for so long his stock-in-trade, suddenly seems inadequate in the face of Alice’s honesty, just as his career insecurities feel trivial. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 12 Sep. 2023 Insights like this—surprising, personal, a bit ornery, and which thoroughly reconsider and reframe our relationship to food—are Kennedy’s stock-in-trade. Hazlitt, 16 Aug. 2023 Mostly, though, Ted was just lurking on the periphery of other characters’ stories, looking sad, and only occasionally even offering the sort of corny but endearing dad jokes that were his previous stock-in-trade. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 31 May 2023 That experience, though, helped their set, which filled the Gobi tent with the type of can’t-stand-still-dancing exuberance that’s become Chromeo’s stock-in-trade. Jeff Miller, Variety, 17 Apr. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1721, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of stock-in-trade was in 1721

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“Stock-in-trade.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

Legal Definition

stock in trade

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