- Merchandise is defined as things that can be bought and sold.
An example of merchandise is a television at a Best Buy store.
- The definition of merchandise is to advertise products to the customer.
An example of to merchandise is to create a display of a new book.
- things bought and sold; goods; commodities; wares
- Obsolete buying and selling; trade
Origin of merchandiseMiddle English marchandise ; from Old French ; from marchant: see merchant
verbmerchandise also mer·chan·dize mer·chan·dised, mer·chan·dis·ing, mer·chan·dis·es also mer·chan·dized or mer·chan·diz·ing or mer·chan·diz·es
- To buy and sell (goods).
- To promote the sale of, as by advertising or display: merchandised a new product.
Origin of merchandiseMiddle English merchaundise, from Old French marchandise, trade, from marcheant, marchand, merchant; see merchant.
(usually uncountable, plural merchandises)
- Adjectives often applied to "merchandise": returned, used, damaged, stolen, assorted, lost, promotional, industrial, cheap, expensive, imported, good, inferior.
(third-person singular simple present merchandises, present participle merchandising, simple past and past participle merchandised)
- (intransitive, archaic) To engage in trade; to carry on commerce.
- (intransitive) To engage in in-store promotion of the sale of goods, as by display and arrangement of goods.
- He started his career merchandising in a small clothing store chain.
- (archaic) To engage in the trade of.
- To engage in in-store promotion of the sale of.
- He got hired to merchandise some new sporting goods lines.
- To promote as if for sale.
- The record companies don't get as good a return on merchandising artists under contract.
From Anglo-Norman marchaundise, from marchaunt (“merchant”)