[mur-chuh n-dahy-zing]
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  1. the planning and promotion of sales by presenting a product to the right market at the proper time, by carrying out organized, skillful advertising, using attractive displays, etc.

Origin of merchandising

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at merchandise, -ing1
Also called merchandise planning.


[noun mur-chuh n-dahyz, -dahys; verb mur-chuh n-dahyz]
  1. the manufactured goods bought and sold in any business.
  2. the stock of goods in a store.
  3. goods, especially manufactured goods; commodities.
verb (used without object), mer·chan·dised, mer·chan·dis·ing.
  1. to carry on trade.
verb (used with object), mer·chan·dised, mer·chan·dis·ing.
  1. to buy and sell; deal in; trade.
  2. to plan for and promote the sales of.

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

Related Words for merchandising

vend, promote, wholesale, distribute, trade, advertise, retail, publicize, market

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British Dictionary definitions for merchandising


  1. the selection and display of goods in a retail outlet
  2. commercial goods, esp ones issued to exploit the popularity of a pop group, sporting event, etc


noun (ˈmɜːtʃənˌdaɪs, -ˌdaɪz)
  1. commercial goods; commodities
verb (ˈmɜːtʃənˌdaɪz)
  1. 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 merchandising



mid-13c., "trading, commerce;" mid-14c., "commodities of commerce, wares, articles for sale or trade," from Anglo-French marchaundise, Old French marcheandise "goods, merchandise; trade, business" (12c.), from marchaunt "merchant" (see merchant).



also merchandize, "to buy and sell; to market," late 14c.; see merchant + -ize. Meaning "promote the sale of goods" is from 1926. Related: Merchandising; merchandizing.

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