- a very wealthy or influential merchant.
Origin of merchant prince
First recorded in 1835–45
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Examples from the Web for merchant prince
Merchant-prince and agitator, horse and rider—where are you now?
The merchant-prince might as well hope to make himself a poet, as the poet a practical or practicable man.Literary and Social Essays
George William Curtis
Feudalism ignored trade, but the baron found his rival in the merchant-prince.Beacon Lights of History, Volume V
Ever after the merchant-prince treated Thomas like a son; the kind of a boy he had always wanted and could not have.The Voice in the Fog
Meantime, the merchant-prince flung himself into his comfortable easy-chair, a spasm of agony passing across his harsh features.The Bunsby papers
- a very wealthy merchant
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