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[mur-chuh nt-muh n]
noun, plural mer·chant·men.
  1. a trading ship.
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Origin of merchantman

First recorded in 1520–30; merchant + -man
Also called merchant ship, merchant vessel.
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Examples from the Web for merchantman

Historical Examples

  • The assembling of the crew of a merchantman, in that day, was a melancholy sight.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • You won't find a merchantman if you go in thicker fields—you know that.

  • They placed a bomb in a vital spot and set it off, sinking the merchantman.

  • But he was cook's boy on board a merchantman, and they called him 'Galley Vick.'

    Victor's Triumph

    Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth

  • It was in these seas that she succeeded in capturing a British merchantman.

    Submarine Warfare of To-day

    Charles W. Domville-Fife

British Dictionary definitions for merchantman


noun plural -men
  1. a merchant ship
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