What does mercantile mean?

Definitions for mercantileˈmɜr kənˌtil, -ˌtaɪl, -tɪl

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word mercantile.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. mercantile(adj)

    of or relating to the economic system of mercantilism

    "mercantile theories"; "mercantile system"

  2. mercantile, mercenary, moneymaking(a)(adj)

    profit oriented

    "a commercial book"; "preached a mercantile and militant patriotism"- John Buchan; "a mercenary enterprise"; "a moneymaking business"

  3. mercantile(adj)

    relating to or characteristic of trade or traders

    "the mercantile North was forging ahead"- Van Wyck Brooks


  1. mercantile(Adjective)

    Concerned with the exchange of goods for profit

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mercantile(adj)

    of or pertaining to merchants, or the business of merchants; having to do with trade, or the buying and selling of commodities; commercial


  1. Mercantile

    The two-masted schooner Mercantile is a U.S. National Historic Landmark. The boat became a landmark in 1991.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Mercantile

    mėr′kan-tīl, adj. pertaining to merchants: having to do with trade: commercial.—ns. Mer′cantilism; Mer′cantilist.—Mercantile agency, a means of getting information about the circumstances of merchants all over the country, for the use of those who sell to them; Mercantile law, the points of law referring to the dealings of merchants with each other; Mercantile marine, the ships and their crews which in any country are employed in commerce; Mercantile system (polit. econ.), the system of encouraging exportation and restricting importation, so that more may be received than is paid away. [Fr.,—Low L.—L. mercans, -antis, pr.p. of mercāri, to trade—merx, mercis, merchandise—merēre, to gain.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of mercantile in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of mercantile in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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