noun, British Finance.
a private banking firm engaged chiefly in investing in new issues of securities and in accepting bills of exchange in foreign trade.
(in Britain) a financial institution engaged primarily in accepting foreign bills, advising companies on flotations and takeovers, underwriting new issues, hire-purchase finance, making long-term loans to companies, and managing investment portfolios, funds, and trusts
noun 1. a medieval guild composed of merchants.
[mur-chuh nt-muh n] /ˈmɜr tʃənt mən/ noun, plural merchantmen. 1. a trading ship. /ˈmɜːtʃəntmən/ noun (pl) -men 1. a merchant ship
noun 1. the vessels of a nation that are engaged in commerce. 2. the officers and crews of such vessels.
- Merchant navy
noun 1. the ships or crew engaged in a nation’s commercial shipping