Mer"chant (?), n. [OE. marchant, OF. marcheant, F. marchand, fr. LL. mercatans, -antis, p. pr. of mercatare to negotiate, L. mercari to traffic, fr. merx, mercis, wares. See Market, Merit, and cf. Commerce.]


One who traffics on a large scale, especially with foreign countries; a trafficker; a trader.

Others, like merchants, venture trade abroad. Shak.


A trading vessel; a merchantman.




One who keeps a store or shop for the sale of goods; a shopkeeper.

[U. S. & Scot.]


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Mer"chant, a.

Of, pertaining to, or employed in, trade or merchandise; as, the merchant service.

Merchant bar, Merchant ironsteel, certain common sizes of wrought iron and steel bars. -- Merchant service, the mercantile marine of a country. Am. Cyc. -- Merchant ship, a ship employed in commerce. -- Merchant tailor, a tailor who keeps and sells materials for the garments which he makes.


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Mer"chant, v. i.

To be a merchant; to trade.



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