[mur-chuh n-dahy-zing]


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.

Nearby words

  1. mercerize,
  2. mercery,
  3. merch,
  4. merchandise,
  5. merchandiser,
  6. merchandize,
  7. merchandizing,
  8. merchant,
  9. merchant bank,
  10. merchant flag

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]


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

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

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British Dictionary definitions for merchandising



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


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 merchandising
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