- The definition of merchant is something related to commerce or the trade or sale of goods.
A ship that transports goods for sale is an example of a merchant ship.
- Merchant is defined as a person or company engaged in the business of selling or trading goods.
- A wholesaler is an example of a merchant.
- A retail store owner is an example of a merchant.
- a person whose business is buying and selling goods for profit; trader, esp. one in the wholesale trade who deals with foreign countries
- a person who sells goods at retail; storekeeper; shopkeeper
Origin of merchantMiddle English marchant from Old French marchant from Vulgar Latin an unverified form mercatans, present participle of an unverified form mercatare, for Classical Latin mercari, to trade, buy from merx, wares: see market
- of or used in trade; mercantile; commercial
- of the merchant marine
to carry on trade in; deal in
- One whose occupation is the wholesale purchase and retail sale of goods for profit.
- One who runs a retail business; a shopkeeper.
- Of or relating to merchants, merchandise, or commercial trade: a merchant guild.
- Of or relating to the merchant marine: merchant ships.
Origin of merchantMiddle English marchaunt from Old French marcheant from Vulgar Latin mercātāns present participle of *mercātāre frequentative of Latin mercārī to trade from merx merc- merchandise
- A surname.
merchant - Legal Definition
An individual or entity that buys goods and resells them for a profit, and that is assumed to be expert in the particular type of goods.