- merchaunt (obsolete)
From Middle English marchant, from Anglo-Norman marchant, from Latin mercans (“a buyer”), present participle of mercor (“trade, traffic, buy”), from merx (“merchandise, traffic”), from merere (“to gain, buy, purchase, also deserve, merit”); see mercy and merit.
merchant (plural merchants)
- A person who traffics in commodities for profit.
- The owner or operator of a retail business.
- A trading vessel; a merchantman.
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- As a resident of a region, to buy goods from a non-resident and sell them to another non-resident.
- a merchanting service