mercer

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Anglo-Norman marcer, mercer (merchant, textile merchant), from merz (commodity) (from Latin merx).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

mercer (plural mercers)

  1. A merchant dealing in fabrics and textiles, especially silks and other fine cloths.
    • 1600, Ben Jonson, Cynthia's Revels
      ... Acolastus-Polypragmon-Asotus, is here present (by the help of his mercer, tailor, milliner, sempster, and so forth) at his designed hour...
    • 1922, James Joyce, Ulysses
      He passed, dallying, the windows of Brown Thomas, silk mercers.

Latin[edit]

Verb[edit]

mercer

  1. first-person singular present active subjunctive of mercor