merchantman

[ mur-chuh nt-muh n ]
/ ˈmɜr tʃənt mən /

noun, plural mer·chant·men.

a trading ship.

Origin of merchantman

First recorded in 1520–30; merchant + -man
Also called merchant ship, merchant vessel.
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merchantman
/ (ˈmɜːtʃəntmən) /

noun plural -men

a merchant ship
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