- merchant bank,
- merchant flag,
- merchant guild,
- merchant marine,
- merchant navy
Origin of merchant
Examples from the Web for merchants
Outnumbered five to one in Britain, Scots made up 60 percent of the merchants in Bengal, Calcutta and Madras.Scotland’s ‘Yes’ Campaign and the Myth of Scottish Equality|Noah Caldwell|September 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The camp has a market street where merchants set up shop and sell their goods, mostly small food items and sweets.Millions of Refugees from Syria’s War Are Clinging to Life In Toxic Conditions|Christopher Looney|April 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Meanwhile, the merchants in Diablo III seem to have been designed to steer you to the auction house.Diablo 3 Director Regrets Building an In-Game Market|Megan McArdle|March 29, 2013|DAILY BEAST
How are merchants supposed to defend against this sort of mass attack?Criminal Flash Mobs. Apparently, That's a Thing Now.|Megan McArdle|February 26, 2013|DAILY BEAST
So the merchants offer a deal, sometimes at a loss, but then get little future business.
The English merchants and mariners had wrongs of their own, perpetually renewed, which fed the bitterness of their indignation.English Seamen in the Sixteenth Century|James Anthony Froude
In recent times failures of banks and merchants have been frequent.Rambles and Recollections of an Indian Official|William Sleeman
The conjecture that Chaucers ancestors were merchants, of no valydytye.
In November, 1895, everything was in confusion, and the merchants loud in their complaints.Impressions of South Africa|James Bryce
Answers to these petitions were invariably received, when the Hong merchants would prepare for us a rejoinder, if necessary.The 'Fan Kwae' at Canton Before Treaty Days 1825-1844|William C. Hunter
- of the merchant navya merchant sailor
- of or concerned with tradea merchant ship
Word Origin for merchant
c.1200, from Anglo-French marchaunt "merchant, shopkeeper" (Old French marcheant, Modern French marchand), from Vulgar Latin *mercatantem (nominative *mercatans) "a buyer," present participle of *mercatare, frequentative of Latin mercari "to trade, traffic, deal in" (see market). Meaning "fellow, chap" is from 1540s; with a specific qualifier, and suggesting someone who deals in it (e.g. speed merchant "one who enjoys fast driving"), from 1914.
c.1400, from merchant (n.) and from Old French marcheant (adj.).