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merchant prince

  1. a very wealthy or influential merchant.
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Origin of merchant prince

First recorded in 1835–45
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Examples from the Web for merchant prince

Historical Examples

  • Merchant-prince and agitator, horse and rider—where are you now?

    Little Journeys To the Homes of the Great, Volume 3 (of 14)

    Elbert Hubbard

  • 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.

  • 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

    Harold MacGrath

  • Meantime, the merchant-prince flung himself into his comfortable easy-chair, a spasm of agony passing across his harsh features.

    The Bunsby papers

    John Brougham

British Dictionary definitions for merchant prince

merchant prince

  1. a very wealthy merchant
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