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From Middle English marchaunt, from Anglo-Norman marchaunt, from mercans, from the verb mercor (I trade, deal, sell).



merchant (plural merchants)

  1. A person who traffics in commodities for profit.
    Synonym: trader
  2. The owner or operator of a retail business.
  3. A trading vessel; a merchantman.
  4. (informal, sometimes derogatory) Someone who is noted for a stated type of activity or behaviour.
    He's some kind of speed merchant — he drives way too fast.
    Goal merchant Smith scored twice again in the match against Mudchester Rovers.
  5. (obsolete) A supercargo.

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merchant (third-person singular simple present merchants, present participle merchanting, simple past and past participle merchanted)

  1. As a resident of a region, to buy goods from a non-resident and sell them to another non-resident.
    a merchanting service

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