[ dee-ler ]
/ ˈdi lər /


a person who buys and sells articles without altering their condition; trader or merchant, especially a wholesaler: I got a dealer's discount on this coat.
Cards. the player distributing the cards.
a person who behaves or acts toward another or others in a specified manner: a plain dealer.
Slang. a person who buys and sells drugs illegally.
a person who buys securities for his or her account and retains them until sold to another.

Nearby words

  1. deal out,
  2. deal with,
  3. dealate,
  4. dealcoholization,
  5. dealcoholize,
  6. dealer's choice,
  7. dealership,
  8. dealfish,
  9. dealing,
  10. dealing box

Compare stockbroker.

Origin of dealer

before 1000; Middle English delere, Old English dǣlere. See deal1, -er1

Related formspre·deal·er, nounsub·deal·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for dealer


/ (ˈdiːlə) /


a person or firm engaged in commercial purchase and sale; tradera car dealer
cards the person who distributes the cards
slang a person who sells illegal drugs
Derived Formsdealership, noun

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Word Origin and History for dealer



Old English dælere "divider, distributor; agent, negotiator," agent noun from deal (v.). Meaning "player who passes out the cards in a game" is from c.1600; meaning "one who deals in merchandise" is from 1610s. Illegal drug sense is recorded by 1920.

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