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See also: Merch. and merc'h



merch (uncountable)

  1. (slang) merchandise
    • 2007 February 15, Eric Wilson, “Babes in Label Land”:
      His playful point of view on youthful American sportswear, expressed in boxy mohair jackets with graphic resin bubble buttons and tomboy T-shirt dresses in superfine chiffon as bright as tangerine sorbet, is backed up with what stores would describe as the merch: easy scoop-neck cashmere sweaters in a mix of colors, lightweight T-shirts and sheared mink Army caps.



From Proto-Celtic *merkā (compare Cornish myrgh, mergh, Breton merc'h), from Proto-Indo-European *méri̯o (boy, girl) (compare Scottish Gaelic smarach (lad), Latin marītus (husband), Ancient Greek μεῖραξ (meîraks, boy, girl), Old Armenian մարի (mari)). Related to morwyn.


merch f (plural merched)

  1. daughter
  2. girl, maiden
    Peidiwch â phoeni'r merched yn y babell nesa. ― Don't pester the girls in the next tent.[1]

Coordinate terms[edit]

  • mab (son)
  • mam (mother)
  • tad (father)


Welsh mutation
radical soft nasal aspirate
merch ferch unchanged unchanged


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