Merchant 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}.] 1. One who traffics on a large scale, especially with foreign countries; a trafficker; a trader. [1913 Webster]

Others, like merchants, venture trade abroad. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. A trading vessel; a merchantman. [Obs.] --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. One who keeps a store or shop for the sale of goods; a shopkeeper. [U. S. & Scot.] [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

(particularly a wholesale trader), ,

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