merchandise

[ noun mur-chuh n-dahyz, -dahys; verb mur-chuh n-dahyz ]
/ noun ˈmɜr tʃənˌdaɪz, -ˌdaɪs; verb ˈmɜr tʃənˌdaɪz /

noun

the manufactured goods bought and sold in any business.
the stock of goods in a store.
goods, especially manufactured goods; commodities.

verb (used without object), mer·chan·dised, mer·chan·dis·ing.

to carry on trade.

verb (used with object), mer·chan·dised, mer·chan·dis·ing.

to buy and sell; deal in; trade.
to plan for and promote the sales of.

Nearby words

  1. mercer,
  2. mercer island,
  3. mercerize,
  4. mercery,
  5. merch,
  6. merchandiser,
  7. merchandising,
  8. merchandize,
  9. merchandizing,
  10. merchant

Origin of merchandise

1250–1300; Middle English marchandise < Old French. See merchant, -ice

Related formsmer·chan·dis·a·ble, adjectivemer·chan·dis·er, nounun·mer·chan·dised, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for merchandiser

merchandise

noun (ˈmɜːtʃənˌdaɪs, -ˌdaɪz)

commercial goods; commodities

verb (ˈmɜːtʃənˌdaɪz)

to engage in the commercial purchase and sale of (goods or services); trade
Derived Formsmerchandiser, noun

Word Origin for merchandise

C13: from Old French. See merchant

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Word Origin and History for merchandiser
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