The definition of mercantile is something related to merchants or trade.
The group of retail business owners are an example of a group that would be described as mercantile.
- of or characteristic of merchants or trade; commercial
- of mercantilism
Origin of mercantileFrench ; from Italian ; from mercante, merchant ; from Classical Latin mercans, present participle of mercari: see merchant
- Of or relating to merchants or trade.
- Of or relating to mercantilism.
Origin of mercantileFrench, from Italian, from mercante, merchant, from Latin mercans, mercant-, from present participle of mercar&imacron;, to trade, from merx, merc-, merchandise, goods.
- (economics) Concerned with the exchange of goods for profit