Meaning of “merchant” in the English Dictionary

"merchant" in British English

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merchantnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈmɜː.tʃənt/ us /ˈmɝː.tʃənt/

a person whose job is to buy and sell products in large amounts, 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 enjoys talking about people's private lives)
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 selling goods 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 /ˈmɜːtʃənt/ us COMMERCE

a person or business that buys and sells products 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 fee structure for accepting cards is confusing.
Local merchants experienced a revenue boost in the lead up to Thanksgiving.
Most online merchants will email you an order confirmation with details of your purchase.

merchantadjective [ before noun ]

uk /ˈmɜːtʃənt/ us

COMMERCE used to describe people or businesses connected with buying or selling goods:

merchant customers/families/fees

TRANSPORT connected with the ships that carry goods by sea:

merchant fleet/seaman

(Definition of “merchant” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)