merchant Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo

Meaning of “merchant” in the English Dictionary

"merchant" in British English

See all translations

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

See all translations

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

See all translations

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)
What is the pronunciation of merchant?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

“merchant” in Business English

Word of the Day

carnival

(a special occasion or period of) public enjoyment and entertainment involving wearing unusual clothes, dancing, and eating and drinking, usually held in the streets of a city

Word of the Day

Chest pains and palpitations: talking about illness (2)
Chest pains and palpitations: talking about illness (2)
by Liz Walter,
February 03, 2016
My previous post (My leg hurts: Talking about illness (1)) presented some general vocabulary to use at the doctor’s. This one looks at some more specific areas of illness and explains some useful words and phrases that you may need to use or understand on a visit to the doctor’s. There are several

Read More 

farecasting noun
farecasting noun
February 08, 2016
predicting the optimum date to buy a plane ticket, especially on a website or using an app A handful of new and updated websites and apps are trying to perfect the art of what’s known as farecasting – predicting the best date to buy a ticket.

Read More