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mercer

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/ ˈmɜr sər /
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noun Chiefly British.

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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British Dictionary definitions for mercer (1 of 2)

mercer
/ (ˈmɜːsə) /

noun

British a dealer in textile fabrics and fine cloth
mercery, noun
C13: from Old French mercier dealer, from Vulgar Latin merciārius (unattested), from Latin merx goods, wares

British Dictionary definitions for mercer (2 of 2)

Mercer
/ (ˈmɜːsə) /

noun

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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