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Meaning of “merchant” in the English Dictionary

"merchant" in British English

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merchantnoun [C]

uk   /ˈmɜː.tʃənt/  us   /ˈmɝː-/
a ​person whose ​job is to ​buy and ​sellproducts in ​largeamounts, ​especially by ​trading with other ​countries: a ​wine/​grain merchant UK informal disapproving someone who is ​involved in or ​enjoys something that is ​unpleasant or ​annoying to ​others: a ​gossip merchant (= someone who ​enjoystalking about people's ​privatelives) a ​speed merchant (= someone who ​drives too ​fast)
(Definition of merchant from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"merchant" in American English

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merchantnoun [C]

 us   /ˈmɜr·tʃənt/
a ​person whose ​business is ​buying and ​sellinggoods for ​profit
(Definition of merchant from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"merchant" in Business English

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merchantnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈmɜːtʃənt/ COMMERCE
a ​person or ​business that ​buys and ​sellsproducts in large ​amounts for ​profit, often ​trading with other countries: grain/cotton/wine merchants
a ​business that ​sells directly to the ​public either from a ​store or through the ​internet: Experienced merchants said that the ​feestructure for ​acceptingcards is confusing. Local merchantsexperienced a ​revenueboost in the ​lead up to Thanksgiving. Most online merchants will ​email you an ​orderconfirmation with details of your ​purchase.

merchantadjective [before noun]

uk   us   /ˈmɜːtʃənt/
COMMERCE used to describe ​people or ​businessesconnected with ​buying or ​sellinggoods: merchant ​customers/families/​fees
TRANSPORT connected with the ​ships that ​carrygoods by sea: merchant ​fleet/seaman
(Definition of merchant from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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