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Date: 1100-1200
Language: Old French
Origin: marcheant, from Latin mercatus, past participle of mercari 'to buy and sell'

merchant

noun
     
Related topics: Trade
mer‧chant [countable]
1

wine/coal/timber etc merchant

someone whose job is to buy and sell wine, coal etc or a small company that does this:
He had a job with an Edinburgh wine merchant.
2BBT old-fashioned someone who buys and sells goods in large quantities:
the son of a wealthy merchant
3

con merchant/speed merchant etc

British English informal someone who is involved in a particular activity, such as tricking people or driving very fast

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