trad·​er | \ ˈtrā-dər How to pronounce trader (audio) \

Definition of trader

1 : a person whose business is buying and selling or barter: such as
a : merchant
b : a person who buys and sells (something, such as stocks or commodities futures) in search of short-term profits
2 : a ship engaged in the coastal or foreign trade

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Examples of trader in a Sentence

She is a stock trader. early explorers and fur traders

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In other words, a few dark clouds that are hovering over the summer stock market may have prompted some traders to get off their beach towels and back into the market. Kevin Kelleher, Fortune, "U.S. Stocks Were Volatile in August. You May Want to Get Used to That," 31 Aug. 2019 Africans were selling each other to European and Arab slave traders prior to the 1500s with 50,000 slaves still passing through Zanzibar each year in the 19th century. Letter Writers, Twin Cities, "Letters: Roots of slavery in America go back thousands of years," 28 Aug. 2019 Jakarta was first established by Dutch traders in a swampy area of coast. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Indonesia Plans to Build a New Capital on Borneo," 27 Aug. 2019 Wars were common, as in every other continent, and the people sold to European traders beginning in the 1490s were mostly prisoners of war, not allies. Kelley Fanto Deetz, The Conversation, "Setting the historical record straight for the critics of The New York Times project on slavery in America," 23 Aug. 2019 Much of the profit derived from fox pelts and walrus went to traders from Alaska, just a few hundred miles east. Bathsheba Demuth, The New Yorker, "When the Soviet Union Freed the Arctic from Capitalist Slavery," 15 Aug. 2019 The new report notes that some traders said their elephant skins came from captive elephant populations in the region, not from Myanmar’s dense jungles. National Geographic, "Elephant skin sales rapidly mounting," 12 Aug. 2019 The yuan steadied on Thursday after the central bank set the daily fixing stronger than analysts expected, providing some reassurance to traders rattled by a tumultuous week in markets. Anchalee Worrachate / Bloomberg, Time, "President Trump Wants a Weaker Dollar. But He Keeps Accidentally Pumping Up the Value," 8 Aug. 2019 One study published in 2012 found that a majority of Chinese traders in southern African countries were from Fujian. Youyou Zhou, Quartz Africa, "Beijing is not the most popular Chinese city for passengers flying to or from Africa," 2 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of trader

1566, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of trader

: a person who buys, sells, or exchanges goods


trad·​er | \ ˈtrā-dər How to pronounce trader (audio) \

Kids Definition of trader

1 : a person who trades
2 : a ship engaged in commerce

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