- a person who buys and sells commodities for profit; dealer; trader.
- a storekeeper; retailer: a local merchant who owns a store on Main Street.
- Chiefly British. a wholesaler.
- pertaining to or used for trade or commerce: a merchant ship.
- pertaining to the merchant marine.
- Steelmaking. (of bars and ingots) of standard shape or size.
Origin of merchant
Related Words for merchantsshopkeeper, trafficker, vendor, trader, broker, seller, operator, shipper, dealer, exporter, retailer, wholesaler, tycoon, businessperson, storekeeper, salesperson, sender, handler, jobber, consigner
Examples from the Web for merchants
Contemporary Examples of 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
September 18, 2014
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
April 14, 2014
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
March 29, 2013
How are merchants supposed to defend against this sort of mass attack?Criminal Flash Mobs. Apparently, That's a Thing Now.
February 26, 2013
So the merchants offer a deal, sometimes at a loss, but then get little future business.Why Groupon and Living Social Are Doomed
November 30, 2012
Historical Examples of merchants
They were of the "Effendi class," and might be merchants or professional persons.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
Judges lie in their official garb, and merchants with the emblems of their trade.English Villages
P. H. Ditchfield
Likewise the shopkeepers and merchants and their assistants of all kinds were there.Albert Durer
T. Sturge Moore
Their merchants were eagerly looking about for commercial opportunities.Introductory American History
Henry Eldridge Bourne
Railroad discussions were confined to merchants and manufacturers.The Railroad Question
- a person engaged in the purchase and sale of commodities for profit, esp on international markets; trader
- mainly US and Canadian a person engaged in retail trade
- (esp in historical contexts) any trader
- derogatory a person dealing or involved in something undesirablea gossip merchant
- of the merchant navya merchant sailor
- of or concerned with tradea merchant ship
- (tr) to conduct trade in; deal in
Word Origin for merchant
- Ismail (ˈɪzmeɪəl). 1936–2005, Indian film producer, noted for his collaboration with James Ivory on such films as Shakespeare Wallah (1965), The Europeans (1979), A Room with a View (1986), The Remains of the Day (1993), and The Golden Bowl (2000)
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.).