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[ mur-ser ]
/ ˈmɜr sər /

noun Chiefly British.

a dealer in textile fabrics; dry-goods merchant.

Nearby words

mercator track, merced, mercedes, mercedes-benz, mercenary, mercer, mercer island, mercerize, mercery, merch, merchandise

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for mercer

British Dictionary definitions for mercer (1 of 2)


/ (ˈmɜːsə) /


British a dealer in textile fabrics and fine cloth
Derived Formsmercery, noun

Word Origin for mercer

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

British Dictionary definitions for mercer (2 of 2)


/ (ˈmɜːsə) /


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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