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merchant +‎ -ry


merchantry (usually uncountable, plural merchantries)

  1. (dated) The body of merchants taken collectively.
    the merchantry of a country
  2. (dated) The business of a merchant; merchandise.
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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for merchantry in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)