Definitions for merchantˈmɜr tʃənt

This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word merchant

Princeton's WordNet

  1. merchant, merchandiser(noun)

    a businessperson engaged in retail trade


  1. merchant(Noun)

    A person who traffics in commodities for profit.

  2. merchant(Noun)

    The owner or operator of a retail business.

  3. Origin: From marchant, from marchant, from mercans, present participle of mercor, from merx, from merere; see mercy and merit.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Merchant(noun)

    one who traffics on a large scale, especially with foreign countries; a trafficker; a trader

  2. Merchant(noun)

    a trading vessel; a merchantman

  3. Merchant(noun)

    one who keeps a store or shop for the sale of goods; a shopkeeper

  4. Merchant(adj)

    of, pertaining to, or employed in, trade or merchandise; as, the merchant service

  5. Merchant(verb)

    to be a merchant; to trade

  6. Origin: [OE. marchant, OF. marcheant, F. marchand, fr. LL. mercatans, -antis, p. pr. of mercatare to negotiate, L. mercari to traffic, fr. merx, mercis, wares. See Market, Merit, and cf. Commerce.]


  1. Merchant

    A merchant is a businessperson who trades in commodities produced by others, in order to earn a profit. Merchants can be one of two types: ⁕A wholesale merchant operates in the chain between producer and retail merchant, typically dealing in large quantities of goods. Some wholesale merchants only organize the movement of goods rather than move the goods themselves. ⁕A retail merchant or retailer, sells commodities to consumers, usually in small quantities. A shop owner is a retail merchant.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'merchant' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4732

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'merchant' in Nouns Frequency: #1429

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Ed Hirs:

    They have become a merchant refinery.

  2. Tim Cook:

    In the long arc of time you're only relevant as a merchant if your customers love you.

  3. Peter Hinchliffe:

    Merchant shipping accepts that it has a role to play in this crisis, but we also need support.

  4. Ralph Waldo Emerson:

    The god of the cannibals will be a cannibal, of the crusaders a crusader, and of the merchants a merchant.

  5. Daniel Tarullo:

    It may be worthwhile taking a look at those merchant banking guidelines for all activities, not just commodities.

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