[ trey-der ]
/ ˈtreɪ dər /


a person who trades; a merchant or businessperson.
a ship used in trade, especially foreign trade.
a member of a stock exchange trading privately and not on behalf of customers.

Origin of trader

First recorded in 1575–85; trade + -er1

Related forms

trad·er·ship, nounnon·trad·er, nounun·der·trad·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for trader


/ (ˈtreɪdə) /


a person who engages in trade; dealer; merchant
a vessel regularly employed in foreign or coastal trade
stock exchange, US a member who operates mainly on his or her own account rather than for customers' accounts

Derived Forms

tradership, noun
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