- of or relating to merchants or trade; commercial.
- engaged in trade or commerce: a mercantile nation.
- Economics. of or relating to the mercantile system.
Origin of mercantile
Examples from the Web for mercantile
Copyright renewed 1969 by August Mencken and Mercantile Safe Deposit Trust Co.The Stacks: H.L. Mencken on the 1904 Baltimore Fire
October 4, 2014
Moreover, the use of it is gradually extending in the mercantile marine.Heroes of the Telegraph
When Mr. Weddell commenced his mercantile life it was no child's play.Cleveland Past and Present
He dreamed in terms of battleships and of a mercantile marine.The Harbor
And I must laugh to see my neighbours making a to-do about a mercantile bargain.Gilian The Dreamer
My friend Tom has worked on a farm, while I have been engaged in mercantile pursuits.The Young Miner
Horatio Alger, Jr.
- of, relating to, or characteristic of trade or traders; commercial
- of or relating to mercantilism
Word Origin and History for mercantile
1640s, from French mercantile (17c.), from Italian mercantile, from Medieval Latin mercantile, from Latin mercantem (nominative mercans) "a merchant," also "trading," present participle of mercari "to trade," from merx (see market (n.)). Mercantile system first appears in Adam Smith (1776).