What does merchant mean?

Definitions for merchant
ˈmɜr tʃəntmer·chant

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word merchant.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. merchant, merchandisernoun

    a businessperson engaged in retail trade


  1. merchantnoun

    A person who traffics in commodities for profit.

  2. merchantnoun

    The owner or operator of a retail business.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Merchantnoun

    One who trafficks to remote countries.

    Etymology: marchand, French.

    France hath flaw’d the league, and hath attach’d
    Our merchants goods at Bourdeaux. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    The Lord hath given a commandment against the merchant city to destroy the strong holds thereof. Isa. xxiii. 11.

    The most celebrated merchants in the world were situated in the island of Tyre. Joseph Addison, Freeholder, №. 42.


  1. merchant

    A merchant is an individual, company or entity engaged in the business of buying and selling goods or services with the goal to earn profit. They are involved in trade and commerce, often serving as an intermediary between a buyer and a producer, conducting transactions in a physical store or an online platform. They typically purchase goods in bulk at wholesale prices and sell them to consumers at a higher price.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Merchantnoun

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

  2. Merchantnoun

    a trading vessel; a merchantman

  3. Merchantnoun

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

  4. Merchantadjective

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

  5. Merchantverb

    to be a merchant; to trade

  6. 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.]


  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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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Merchant is ranked #2455 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Merchant surname appeared 14,692 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 5 would have the surname Merchant.

    63.7% or 9,368 total occurrences were White.
    15.7% or 2,308 total occurrences were Black.
    14.3% or 2,102 total occurrences were Asian.
    3.2% or 483 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.3% or 345 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.5% or 87 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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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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  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. Sabrina Ko:

    Not only does our app help you keep track of purchases and shipping information, but it focuses on the post-purchase period, what if the price for an item drops after you make a purchase? In order to get good deals, you would normally be checking the merchant’s site every day. We make it easy by tracking the site for you, and if the price drops after you make a purchase, then we walk you through the process of requesting a refund.

  2. Visa Inc:

    Due to the latest U.S. sanctions imposed against Crimea by Executive Order 13685 of December 19, 2014, Visa is now prohibited from offering Visa-branded products and services to Crimea. This means that we can no longer support card issuing and merchant/ATM acquiring services in Crimea.

  3. Ralph Waldo Emerson:

    Heaven always bears some proportion to earth. The god of the cannibal will be a cannibal, of the crusades a crusader, and of the merchants a merchant.

  4. William Seward Burroughs:

    Junk is the ultimate merchandise. The junk merchant does not sell his product to the consumer, he sells the consumer to the product. He does not improve and simplify his merchandise, he degrades and simplifies the client.

  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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    an outward semblance that misrepresents the true nature of something
    • A. accident
    • B. disguise
    • C. equity
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