[mur-chuh nt] /ˈmɜr tʃənt/
a person who buys and sells commodities for profit; dealer; trader.
a storekeeper; retailer:
a local merchant who owns a store on Main Street.
Chiefly British. a wholesaler.
pertaining to or used for trade or commerce:
a merchant ship.
pertaining to the .
Steelmaking. (of bars and ingots) of standard shape or size.
a person engaged in the purchase and sale of commodities for profit, esp on international markets; trader
(mainly US & Canadian) a person engaged in retail trade
(esp in historical contexts) any trader
(derogatory) a person dealing or involved in something undesirable: a gossip merchant
(transitive) to conduct trade in; deal in
Ismail (ˈɪzmeɪəl). 1936–2005, Indian film producer, noted for his collaboration with James Ivory on such films as Shakespeare Wallah (1965), The Europeans (1979), A Room with a View (1986), The Remains of the Day (1993), and The Golden Bowl (2000)
c.1200, from Anglo-French marchaunt “merchant, shopkeeper” (Old French marcheant, Modern French marchand), from Vulgar Latin *mercatantem (nominative *mercatans) “a buyer,” present participle of *mercatare, frequentative of Latin mercari “to trade, traffic, deal in” (see market). Meaning “fellow, chap” is from 1540s; with a specific qualifier, and suggesting someone who deals in it (e.g. speed merchant “one who enjoys fast driving”), from 1914.
c.1400, from merchant (n.) and from Old French marcheant (adj.).
A person who esp indulges or purveys in what is indicated: heat merchant/ speed merchant (1914+)
The Hebrew word so rendered is from a root meaning “to travel about,” “to migrate,” and hence “a traveller.” In the East, in ancient times, merchants travelled about with their merchandise from place to place (Gen. 37:25; Job 6:18), and carried on their trade mainly by bartering (Gen. 37:28; 39:1). After the Hebrews became settled in Palestine they began to engage in commercial pursuits, which gradually expanded (49:13; Deut. 33:18; Judg. 5:17), till in the time of Solomon they are found in the chief marts of the world (1 Kings 9:26; 10:11, 26, 28; 22:48; 2 Chr. 1:16; 9:10, 21). After Solomon’s time their trade with foreign nations began to decline. After the Exile it again expanded into wider foreign relations, because now the Jews were scattered in many lands.
[mur-chuh n-tuh-buh l] /ˈmɜr tʃən tə bəl/ adjective, Chiefly Law. 1. marketable: merchantable war-surplus goods. /ˈmɜːtʃəntəbəl/ adjective 1. suitable for trading
noun, Law. 1. . noun, Law. 1. a title to real property that is free from encumbrances, litigation, and other defects and that can readily be sold or mortgaged to a reasonable buyer or mortgagee.
noun 1. the ensign used by all ships engaged in commerce, fishing, etc.
noun, British Finance. 1. a private banking firm engaged chiefly in investing in new issues of securities and in accepting bills of exchange in foreign trade. noun 1. (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, […]