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 mercāns mercant- from present participle of mercārī to trade from merx merc- merchandise, goods
- (economics) Concerned with the exchange of goods for profit