[ mur-chuh n-dahy-zing ]
/ ˈmɜr tʃənˌdaɪ zɪŋ /


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.

Definition for merchandising (2 of 2)

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


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.

Origin of merchandise

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

OTHER WORDS FROM merchandise

mer·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

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British Dictionary definitions for merchandising (1 of 2)

/ (ˈmɜːtʃənˌdaɪzɪŋ) /


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

British Dictionary definitions for merchandising (2 of 2)


noun (ˈmɜːtʃənˌdaɪs, -ˌdaɪz)

commercial goods; commodities

verb (ˈmɜːtʃənˌdaɪz)

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

Derived forms of merchandise

merchandiser, noun

Word Origin for merchandise

C13: from Old French. See merchant
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