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[ dee-ler ]


  1. 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.

  2. Cards. the player distributing the cards.
  3. a person who behaves or acts toward another or others in a specified manner:

    a plain dealer.

  4. Slang. a person who buys and sells drugs illegally.
  5. a person who buys securities for their own account and retains them until sold to another.


/ ˈdiːlə /


  1. a person or firm engaged in commercial purchase and sale; trader

    a car dealer

  2. cards the person who distributes the cards
  3. slang.
    a person who sells illegal drugs

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Derived Forms

  • ˈdealerˌship, noun

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Other Words From

  • pre·dealer noun
  • sub·dealer noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of dealer1

First recorded before 1000; Middle English delere, Old English dǣlere. See deal 1, -er 1

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Example Sentences

It includes key product descriptions, promotional information, and local dealer information.

Instead, he has “meme dealers,” friends who pick out and send him memes they think he would like.

While local gearheads will have to wait at least until spring for our show, there are already plenty of head-turning vehicles rolling onto dealer lots.

The man, 52-year-old Rodrick Dow Craythorn, had been hunting for a buried treasure chest hidden 10 years ago by an antiquities dealer named Forrest Fenn.

It meant renting a room in our Harlem neighborhood, wearing the flyest kicks around, and, thanks to his new occupation as a 17-year-old drug dealer, offering me the single best clothing item I owned as a teenager.

From Time

A passing off-duty school safety officer named Fred Lucas said that he had been told the man was a drug dealer.

Then he was returned to the same unit to face his debts; the drug dealer asked for this favor and got it.

A report by the Cleveland Plain Dealer describes balloons being released into the night sky.

Her father, a diamond dealer, moved the family from Tel-Aviv to New York when Kalman was four.

This was to Serge Sorokko, the art dealer, with whom she moved to San Francisco, where he has a gallery on Geary.

With childlike confidence he follows the advice of some more or less honest dealer.

It is difficult to make, and should be purchased ready prepared from a reliable dealer.

A pupil had loaned money to a horse-dealer who lived at No. 715 of a certain street.

In Havana, were a man to ask for a Flor del Fumar, the dealer would ask him what size he wanted.

Amongst our supporters we had some excellent witnesses, one, a well-known cattle dealer, named Martin Ryan.





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