Merchant definition

mûrchənt
Frequency:
One who runs a retail business; a shopkeeper.
noun
46
13
A person who sells goods at retail; storekeeper; shopkeeper.
noun
30
15
Of or relating to merchants, merchandise, or commercial trade.

A merchant guild.

adjective
22
11
Of or relating to the merchant marine.

Merchant ships.

adjective
17
11
A person whose business is buying and selling goods for profit; trader, esp. one in the wholesale trade who deals with foreign countries.
noun
10
5
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To carry on trade in; deal in.
verb
8
5
A surname​.
pronoun
3
0
One whose occupation is the wholesale purchase and retail sale of goods for profit.
noun
10
8
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.

adjective
3
1
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.

noun
2
1
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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.
noun
1
1
Of or used in trade; mercantile; commercial.
adjective
5
7
Of the merchant marine.
adjective
1
7

Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
merchant
Plural:
merchants

Origin of merchant

  • Middle English merchaunt from Old French marcheant from Vulgar Latin mercātāns present participle of *mercātāre frequentative of Latin mercārī to trade from merx merc- merchandise

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition