Adjective "merchant" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


A person or company involved in wholesale trade, especially one dealing with foreign countries or supplying goods to a particular trade.
  1. 'a tea merchant'
  2. 'It was then the business of FT Burley & Son, wholesale fruit merchants and ‘banana specialists’, and boasted a ripening room.'
  3. 'As American pioneers headed westward, scoundrels occasionally would present forged letters of credit to wholesale merchants in larger towns.'
  4. 'Use the same judgment and common sense with internet, phone or mail-order merchants that you use in shops.'
  5. 'One road sells cane-ware, another has scrap merchants trading in steel and iron, wholesale merchants who deal in old cloth.'
  6. 'Some of the well-known family businesses include timber merchants and builders' providers the McMahon Group.'
  7. 'On the Chinese side, the Canton authorities limited trade with the foreign merchants to a group of Chinese merchant houses, the Hongs, nominally thirteen in number.'
  8. 'The port was transported to the port merchants' warehouses in Oporto where it sat for years, sometimes decades, until the brandy and wine had integrated fully.'
  9. 'They acquire their goods on consignment from wholesale merchants in the larger towns, then carry them on the train into the countryside.'
  10. 'This will not rely on passing trade and are mainly sold wholesale to other merchants.'
  11. 'The Chinese occupied the position of intermediaries between foreign western merchants and the domestic market.'
  12. 'He was succeeded by his uncle Malarangiah, who encouraged traders and merchants from different parts of India to settle in Bangalore.'
  13. 'Its merchant network includes 11.7 million merchants and spans 190 countries and territories.'
  14. 'Millions of misguided merchants paying their hardearned out to deluded ‘designers’ so that they too can join the cyberspace community.'
  15. 'In the blink of an eye, her ring collections jetted from the showrooms into the gleaming display cases of the world class retail merchants like Bloomingdales.'
  16. 'Most of these marketing efforts were directed toward retail merchants.'
  17. 'All Pro projects that the products will bring in more than $8-million in retail sales to area merchants.'
  18. 'Taking a deep breath, Julian pressed on through the Zetapol market, where merchants and traders competed in hollering.'
  19. 'I think retail merchants have to make that decision for themselves.'
  20. 'The majority of Indo-Fijians who left following the coup were shop owners and other retail merchants and bankers.'
  21. 'Powerless though the Serlians may be politically, they are honest merchants and prolific traders.'
  22. 'a merchant of death'
  23. 'That's a mighty weak basis on which to call us frauds, liars, and smear merchants.'
  24. 'But that was of no concern to the merchants of death.'
  25. 'That, of course, is precisely why the violence is being ratcheted up - because the stakes for the corrupt merchants of death are so enormous.'
  26. 'This movie vividly reminds us of how the merchants of death ply their trade.'
  27. 'You have to wonder about the horrific irony of the death merchant confronting the loss of his own son.'
  28. 'Marching against death merchants at the DSEi arms fair earlier this year (Pic: Guy Smallman)'
  29. 'It took more than a year and half before it decided it could no longer deal with him, that he was still merchant of terror; that his word was meaningless.'
  30. 'It is not hard to explain the inability of the world establishment to deal more effectively with these merchants of death.'
  31. 'I recommend not using the bounce feature, as it's not as yet convincing enough to fool the spam merchants.'
  32. 'The merchants of death are adept at using marketing to undermine the good influence of parents.'
  33. 'When King James continued his slide to absolutism… even the larger merchants and commercial landowners in England became alarmed.'
  34. 'He also initiated trade between the Franks and the Muslims and made commercial pacts with the merchants of Venice who traded with both Byzantium and Islam.'
  35. 'Dutch merchants and Dutch commercial capital poured into Londen after 1690 and went to play an important role in the re-export trade between England and the Continent.'
  36. 'He came from a family of prosperous silk merchants and was chairman of the textile firm Courtaulds Ltd. from 1921 to 1946.'
  37. 'He says the doom merchants' prophecies should be put in context.'
  38. 'The Letter of Law emphasized the importance of facilitating commerce and assisting merchants to develop their trading activities.'
  39. 'It was founded high on a series of hills by prosperous Saxon merchants in the Middle Ages.'
  40. 'Bristol poet, Thomas Rowley, a monk and friend of William Canynge, a historical Bristol merchant.'
  41. 'Growing overseas commerce with colonies stimulated merchants to provide ships, as well as goods for expanding settler societies.'
  42. 'When Norwood, a prosperous bond merchant, built the house, Fourteenth Street was at the northernmost edge of development on Manhattan Island.'
A person who has a liking for a particular activity.
  1. 'I work in internet advertising (but not in sales, I have my pride) so sometimes the spam merchant techniques to grab people's attention will perk my interest.'
  2. 'In a masterstroke of casting, He plays Vanya as a bored and disappointed man who entertains himself by playing the Glasgow wind-up merchant.'
  3. 'The diary's favourite balls-up merchant is still Danny, though.'
  4. 'He can expect to find Sampras, the ultimate serve and volley merchant, claiming a position netside with the same sort of voracity with which a German holidaymaker stakes his claim poolside.'
  5. 'Mr Adams is no agitprop merchant; his music would be deeply boring if he was.'
  6. 'A rarity from the archives, this solo album was recorded for the Japanese market a quarter of a century ago, when he was almost as well known as the thinking person's funk merchant as a straightahead pianist.'


(in historical contexts) relating to merchants or commerce.
  1. 'More attention was paid to the removal of stone than to the finished product, and thus, a rising merchant class replaced the Middletown school of gravestone carvers.'
  2. 'Contrary to what Maria was expecting, it wasn't covered in gold and fine silk but was more like the common ones used by the merchant class.'
  3. 'Tulips became a status symbol - and wealthy Dutch and European aristocrats and newly-wealthy merchant classes had to have them!'
  4. 'While quarto publications were within the reach of many of London's merchant class, the publication of the First Folio placed the authoritative works of Shakespeare in the hands of the few.'
  5. 'The revolution he envisioned would be accomplished through the cooperation of lower ranking samurai and men from the peasant and merchant classes.'
  6. 'Born in late medieval Italy, Francis repudiated his life among the wealthy merchant class to espouse to himself Lady Poverty and live as a wandering begging friar.'
  7. 'Was it some subtle dig at the disgraceful standards of literacy among the merchant classes of 16th-century Venice?'
  8. 'In the end, it will be commerce and the merchant class that will provide, and they will have to go it alone, without the help of superpowers.'
  9. 'They had the support of the merchant class, the whites and the rich.'
  10. 'Calls for western-style reforms tend to be confined to the merchant classes and some members of the existing establishment.'
  11. 'a merchant seaman'
  12. 'As early as the fourteenth century Europeans had suspected that rats spread the plague from quarantined merchant ships to the port cities.'
  13. 'Most of the pirates were on the merchant ship, and the good merchant sailors were greatly outnumbered.'
  14. 'When he sails, he normally sails as a merchant sailor, because he is paid and has no responsibility.'
  15. 'At twelve years of age, Verne ran off to be a cabin boy on a merchant ship, thinking he was going to have an adventure.'
  16. 'In fact, foreign sailors and merchant seamen were the first to spread the myth of Kobe beef back in the early nineteenth century.'
  17. 'Chen calculated an average of 50 seamen lose their lives and another 50 disappear without trace at sea each year aboard merchant ships and fishing boats.'
  18. 'Nearly 3,000 British sailors and merchant seamen lost their lives on the convoys.'
  19. 'During those years, she had seen many wounded naval officers and merchant sailors.'
  20. 'The English were informed of the Spanish movements and quickly assembled a fleet of mostly merchant ships.'
  21. 'As well as being the senior ensign of the King's ships, the red ensign was also worn by merchant ships.'

More definitions

1. a person who buys and sells commodities for profit; dealer; trader.

2. a storekeeper; retailer: a local merchant who owns a store on Main Street.

3. Chiefly British. a wholesaler. adjective

4. pertaining to or used for trade or commerce: a merchant ship.

5. pertaining to the merchant marine.

6. Steelmaking. (of bars and ingots) of standard shape or size.

More examples(as adjective)

"banks can be merchant."

"fleets can be merchant."

"directors can be merchant."

"bankings can be merchant."

"units can be merchant."

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Middle English: from Old French marchant, based on Latin mercari ‘to trade’, from merx, merc- ‘merchandise’.