- a person who buys and sells commodities for profit; dealer; trader.
- a storekeeper; retailer: a local merchant who owns a store on Main Street.
- Chiefly British. a wholesaler.
- pertaining to or used for trade or commerce: a merchant ship.
- pertaining to the merchant marine.
- Steelmaking. (of bars and ingots) of standard shape or size.
Origin of merchant
Related Words for merchantshopkeeper, trafficker, vendor, trader, broker, seller, operator, shipper, dealer, exporter, retailer, wholesaler, tycoon, businessperson, storekeeper, salesperson, sender, handler, jobber, consigner
Examples from the Web for merchant
Contemporary Examples of merchant
The Daily Beast spoke to Merchant about the film, dating adventures, and the state of American television.Stephen Merchant Talks ‘Hello Ladies’ movie, the Nicole Kidman Cameo, and Legacy of ‘The Office’
November 22, 2014
She could have auditioned to be the tavern wench or a faerie; instead, she signed on as a merchant, knitting chain-mail bikinis.Best Career Arc Ever: From Burlesque To Bartending
September 13, 2014
A merchant from Latakia province pays each teacher the equivalent of $40 per month.Millions of Refugees from Syria’s War Are Clinging to Life In Toxic Conditions
April 14, 2014
He decided that he would give up and return to the Merchant Marine.
In Shakespeare there are trials, in King Lear and The Merchant of Venice.How I Write: Richard Posner
November 7, 2013
Historical Examples of merchant
Among the passengers was a stout, good-looking man, a New York merchant.
He has the soul of a merchant tailor, actually, but not the tailor's manhood.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
"This is my address," said the merchant, writing it in pencil, and handing it to Robert.
"You must have been born under a lucky star, Robert," said the merchant.
It traded with all the world and offered a safe home to the merchant and to the artisan.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
- a person engaged in the purchase and sale of commodities for profit, esp on international markets; trader
- mainly US and Canadian a person engaged in retail trade
- (esp in historical contexts) any trader
- derogatory a person dealing or involved in something undesirablea gossip merchant
- of the merchant navya merchant sailor
- of or concerned with tradea merchant ship
- (tr) to conduct trade in; deal in
Word Origin for merchant
- Ismail (ˈɪzmeɪəl). 1936–2005, Indian film producer, noted for his collaboration with James Ivory on such films as Shakespeare Wallah (1965), The Europeans (1979), A Room with a View (1986), The Remains of the Day (1993), and The Golden Bowl (2000)
c.1200, from Anglo-French marchaunt "merchant, shopkeeper" (Old French marcheant, Modern French marchand), from Vulgar Latin *mercatantem (nominative *mercatans) "a buyer," present participle of *mercatare, frequentative of Latin mercari "to trade, traffic, deal in" (see market). Meaning "fellow, chap" is from 1540s; with a specific qualifier, and suggesting someone who deals in it (e.g. speed merchant "one who enjoys fast driving"), from 1914.
c.1400, from merchant (n.) and from Old French marcheant (adj.).