- a dealer in textile fabrics; dry-goods merchant.
Origin of mercer
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Mercer says that allowing word of the rooftop missiles to get out was an “extremely savvy” move.London Cracks Down on Security for Olympic Games
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"The mercer kept you waiting long," remarked Castell quietly.Fair Margaret
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The mercer took the child, smiled at her and kissed her rosy cheeks.Therese Raquin
Mercer reached around the door into the laboratory and pressed a button.
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I shouted across the pool to Mercer, who was watching anxiously.
- British a dealer in textile fabrics and fine cloth
C13: from Old French mercier dealer, from Vulgar Latin merciārius (unattested), from Latin merx goods, wares
- Johnny, full name John Herndon Mercer. 1909–76, US popular songwriter and singer. His most popular songs include "Blues in the Night" (1941) and "Moon River" (1961)
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Word Origin and History for mercer
early 12c., "dealer in textile," from Old French mercier "shopkeeper, tradesman," from Vulgar Latin *merciarius, from Latin merx (see market (n.)).
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