- The definition of merchant is something related to commerce or the trade or sale of goods.
A ship that transports goods for sale is an example of a merchant ship.
- Merchant is defined as a person or company engaged in the business of selling or trading goods.
- A wholesaler is an example of a merchant.
- A retail store owner is an example of a merchant.
- a person whose business is buying and selling goods for profit; trader, esp. one in the wholesale trade who deals with foreign countries
- a person who sells goods at retail; storekeeper; shopkeeper
Origin of merchantMiddle English marchant ; from Old French marchant ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form mercatans, present participle of an unverified form mercatare, for Classical Latin mercari, to trade, buy ; from merx, wares: see market
- of or used in trade; mercantile; commercial
- of the merchant marine
to carry on trade in; deal in
- One whose occupation is the wholesale purchase and retail sale of goods for profit.
- One who runs a retail business; a shopkeeper.
- Of or relating to merchants, merchandise, or commercial trade: a merchant guild.
- Of or relating to the merchant marine: merchant ships.
Origin of merchantMiddle English merchaunt, from Old French marcheant, from Vulgar Latin *merc&amacron;t&amacron;ns, present participle of *merc&amacron;t&amacron;re, frequentative of Latin merc&amacron;r&imacron;, to trade, from merx, merc-, merchandise.
- A surname.
merchant - Legal Definition
An individual or entity that buys goods and resells them for a profit, and that is assumed to be expert in the particular type of goods.