merchant bank

noun British Finance.

a private banking firm engaged chiefly in investing in new issues of securities and in accepting bills of exchange in foreign trade.

Nearby words

  1. merchandiser,
  2. merchandising,
  3. merchandize,
  4. merchandizing,
  5. merchant,
  6. merchant flag,
  7. merchant guild,
  8. merchant marine,
  9. merchant navy,
  10. merchant of death

Origin of merchant bank

First recorded in 1900–05

Related formsmerchant banker, nounmerchant banking, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for merchant bank

merchant bank


(in Britain) a financial institution engaged primarily in accepting foreign bills, advising companies on flotations and takeovers, underwriting new issues, hire-purchase finance, making long-term loans to companies, and managing investment portfolios, funds, and trusts
Derived Formsmerchant banker, noun

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