What does merchant mean?

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ˈmɜr tʃəntmer·chant

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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.

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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  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. 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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