What does merchant mean?

Definitions for merchant
ˈmɜr tʃəntmer·chant

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. merchant, merchandiser(noun)

    a businessperson engaged in retail trade

Wiktionary

  1. merchant(Noun)

    A person who traffics in commodities for profit.

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

  2. merchant(Noun)

    The owner or operator of a retail business.

    Etymology: 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

    Etymology: [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.]

  2. Merchant(noun)

    a trading vessel; a merchantman

    Etymology: [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.]

  3. Merchant(noun)

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

    Etymology: [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.]

  4. Merchant(adj)

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

    Etymology: [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.]

  5. Merchant(verb)

    to be a merchant; to trade

    Etymology: [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.]

Freebase

  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Merchant

    mėr′chant, n. one who carries on trade, esp. on a large scale: one who buys and sells goods: a trader: (obs.) a supercargo: a merchant-vessel.—adj. pertaining to trade or merchandise.—v.i. Merch′and (Bacon), to trade or traffic.—n. Mer′chandīse, goods bought and sold for gain: (B. and Shak.) trade: dealing.—adjs. Mer′chantable, suitable for sale: inferior to the very best, but suitable for ordinary purposes; Mer′chant-like (Shak.), like a merchant.—ns. Mer′chantman, a trading-ship: (B.) a merchant:—pl. Mer′chantmen; Mer′chantry, the business of a merchant; merchants collectively.—Merchant prince, one who has made a great fortune as a merchant; Merchant service, the ships, &c., engaged in commerce: the commerce which is carried on by sea; Merchant ship or vessel, a ship used for carrying goods; Merchant tailor, a tailor who supplies the cloth for the clothes which he makes. [Fr. marchand.]

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  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

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of merchant in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of merchant in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of merchant in a Sentence

  1. Tim Cook:

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

  2. Proverb:

    If there are many buyers in the market, the merchant doesn't wash his turnips.

  3. Polly Adler:

    What it comes down to is this: the grocer, the butcher, the baker, the merchant, the landlord, the druggist, the liquor dealer, the policeman, the doctor, the city father and the politician—these are the people who make money out of prostitution.

  4. Gerry Northwood:

    By expanding their merchant fleet, the Russians are possibly seeking to bring the heavy lift of armaments and other equipment destined for Syria under direct government control, it does afford a bit of protection - they are Russian flagged. It is likely they will put armed personnel on board and will be robust about their immediate security.

  5. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    I am proud alumnus of RIS a.k.a. ISc, and have excellent experience of the outstanding education that I received from amazingly knowledgeable Professors, during my two years of B.Sc. (Chemistry and Physics) - in 1974 through 1976. We were extremely fortunate to be taught by some of the best Professors and great scientists in India. Some of the names that come to my mind are, Drs Merchant, Usgaonkar, Galgali, KM Joshi, Vidya Joshi, BC Haldar, Darshane, Katti, Kulkarni and many more. Those were surely the most wonderful years of my academic and social upbringing in India. I am thankful to ISc and all brilliant Professors at ISc, for gifting us with the remarkable knowledge, and installing the love and passion for Science in our young minds. Thank you, RIS.

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