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noun Chiefly British.
  1. a dealer in textile fabrics; dry-goods merchant.
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Origin of mercer

1150–1200; Middle English < Anglo-French; Old French mercier merchant, equivalent to merz merchandise (< Latin merx, accusative mercem) + -ier -ier2; see -er2
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  1. British a dealer in textile fabrics and fine cloth
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Derived Formsmercery, noun

Word Origin

C13: from Old French mercier dealer, from Vulgar Latin merciārius (unattested), from Latin merx goods, wares


  1. 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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