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[noun mur-chuh n-dahyz, -dahys; verb mur-chuh n-dahyz] /noun ˈmɜr tʃənˌdaɪz, -ˌdaɪs; verb ˈmɜr tʃənˌdaɪz/
the manufactured goods bought and sold in any business.
the stock of goods in a store.
goods, especially manufactured goods; commodities.
verb (used without object), merchandised, merchandising.
to carry on trade.
verb (used with object), merchandised, merchandising.
to buy and sell; deal in; trade.
to plan for and promote the sales of.
Origin of merchandise
1250-1300; Middle English marchandise < Old French. See merchant, -ice
Related forms
merchandisable, adjective
merchandiser, noun
unmerchandised, adjective Unabridged
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  • And here we leave more than half our passengers and merchandise.

    The Roof of France Matilda Betham-Edwards
  • In American politics, an article of merchandise that comes in sets.

    The Devil's Dictionary Ambrose Bierce
  • The latter case is not surprising in countries where women are considered as merchandise.

    The Sexual Question August Forel
  • We learn that they settled in the Syrian Quarter directly after clearing their merchandise.

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
  • It took Jean less than two minutes to dispose of his stock of merchandise.

    The Downfall Emile Zola
British Dictionary definitions for merchandise


noun (ˈmɜːtʃənˌdaɪs; -ˌdaɪz)
commercial goods; commodities
verb (ˈmɜːtʃənˌdaɪz)
to engage in the commercial purchase and sale of (goods or services); trade
Derived Forms
merchandiser, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French. See merchant
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for merchandise

mid-13c., "trading, commerce;" mid-14c., "commodities of commerce, wares, articles for sale or trade," from Anglo-French marchaundise, Old French marcheandise "goods, merchandise; trade, business" (12c.), from marchaunt "merchant" (see merchant).


also merchandize, "to buy and sell; to market," late 14c.; see merchant + -ize. Meaning "promote the sale of goods" is from 1926. Related: Merchandising; merchandizing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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