Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
A merchant is a business person who trades in commodities produced by other people in order to earn a profit. The status of the merchant has varied during different periods of history and among different societies. Merchants have often been the subject of works of art.
Merchant is a surname shared by the following people:
- Anthony Merchant (born 1944), Canadian lawyer and politician
- Ali Merchant, actor
- Carolyn Merchant (born c. 1936), U:S: ecofeminist philosopher and historian of science
- George Merchant (1926–2015), Scottish footballer (Dundee FC, Falkirk FC)
- Hoshang Merchant (born 1947), Indian poet
- Ismail Merchant (1936–2005), Indian-born film producer who changed his surname from Rehman
- Kenneth Merchant, U.S. accounting scholar
- Larry Merchant (born 1931), U.S. sportswriter and commentator
- Lisa Merchant, Canadian actress
- Livingston T. Merchant (1903–1976), U.S. diplomat
- Moelwyn Merchant (1913–1997), Welsh academic, novelist, sculptor, poet and Anglican priest
- Natalie Merchant (born 1963), U.S. musician
- Pana Merchant, (born 1943), Canadian politician
- Piers Merchant (1951–2009), British politician
- Salim Merchant, Indian musician
- Sally Merchant (1919–2007), Canadian television personality and politician
- Stephen Merchant (born 1974), British writer, director, and comic actor
- Sulaiman Merchant, Indian musician
- Suzie Merchant (born 1966), U.S. basketball coach
- Tamzin Merchant (born 1987), British actress and poet
- Uday Merchant (1916–1985), Indian cricketer
- Ursula Merchant (born 1932), German-born Las Vegas-based performance artist
- Vaibhavi Merchant (born 1976), Indian dance choreographer
- Vijay Merchant (1911–1987), Indian cricketer
- Vivien Merchant (1929–1983), British actress
- Yahya Merchant (1903 – after 1967), Indian architect
- Yasin Merchant (born 1966), Indian professional snooker player
Merchant (reggae artist)
Ricardo Renford Nicholson (born 18 March 1981), better known by his stage name Merchant, or Musicaly Merchant, is an award-winning Jamaican reggae and dancehall deejay, writer, and producer. He is well known for his eclectic and flamboyant lyrics.
A merchant is a businessperson who trades in commodities.
Merchant or Merchants may also refer to:
- Merchant (surname)
- Merchant W. Huxford (1798-1877), American physician, politician and mayor of Fort Wayne, Indiana
- Merchant Hall, Bristol, England
- Merchant Hotel, a five-star luxury hotel in Belfast, Northern Ireland
- Merchant's House, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, England
- Merchant Tower, Campbellsville, Kentucky; on the National Register of Historic Places
- Merchants Building, Detroit, Michigan; on the National Register of Historic Places
- Merchants Bridge, a rail bridge in St. Louis, Missouri
- Merchant, Virginia, an unincorporated community
- Merchants Insurance Group, an insurance company based in Buffalo, New York
- Merchants Trust, a large British investment trust
- Merchant International Group, a privately owned British strategic research and corporate intelligence company
- Merchants Transportation Company, a defunct American shipping firm
- Norwich Merchants, a Canadian junior hockey team
- Ajax Merchants, a defunct Canadian junior hockey team
- The Merchant (fairy tale), a 1634 Italian literary tale by Giambattista Basile
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Merchant \Mer"chant\, a. Of, pertaining to, or employed in, trade or merchandise; as, the merchant service.
Merchant bar, Merchant iron or Merchant steel, certain common sizes of wrought iron and steel bars.
Merchant service or Merchant marine, the mercantile marine
of a country.
Merchant ship, a ship employed in commerce.
Merchant tailor, a tailor who keeps and sells materials for the garments which he makes.
Merchant \Mer"chant\, v. i. To be a merchant; to trade. [Obs.]
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.]
One who traffics on a large scale, especially with foreign countries; a trafficker; a trader.
Others, like merchants, venture trade abroad.
A trading vessel; a merchantman. [Obs.]
One who keeps a store or shop for the sale of goods; a shopkeeper. [U. S. & Scot.]
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
c.1200, from Anglo-French marchaunt "merchant, shopkeeper" (Old French marcheant, Modern French marchand), from Vulgar Latin *mercatantem (nominative *mercatans) "a buyer," present participle of *mercatare, frequentative of Latin mercari "to trade, traffic, deal in" (see market). Meaning "fellow, chap" is from 1540s; with a specific qualifier, and suggesting someone who deals in it (such as speed merchant "one who enjoys fast driving"), from 1914.
c.1400, from merchant (n.) and from Old French marcheant (adj.).
n. 1 A person who traffics in commodities for profit. 2 The owner or operator of a retail business. 3 A trading vessel; a merchantman. vb. As a resident of a region, to buy goods from a non-resident and sell them to another non-resident.
n. a businessperson engaged in retail trade [syn: merchandiser]
Usage examples of "merchant".
Even the Templars and the Hospitallers were divided, and the Italian merchant princes abetted one faction or the other as their own interests decreed.
The wise merchant who led thee unto me is abiding thine homecoming that he may have of thee that which thou promisedst to him.
Henry le Waleys, the mayor, Gregory de Rokesley, Philip Cissor, or the tailor, Ralph Crepyn, Joce le Acatour, or merchant, and John de Gisors.
The missiles, like the pinnaces, could be recovered after the completion of their mission, or diverted to other targets, like the merchant vessels that were accelerating madly in an effort to clear the system before Chenforce destroyed them.
He had the advantage of owning an excellent network of reporters of transgressions, for he enlisted Lucius Decumius and his crossroads brethren as informers, and cracked down very hard on merchants who weighed light or measured short, on builders who infringed boundaries or used poor materials, on landlords who had cheated the water companies by inserting bigger-bore adjutage pipes from the mains into their properties than the law prescribed.
In such case, the charter-party of the MAY-FLOWER, with the autograph of each Merchant Adventurer appended, would constitute, if it could be found, one of the most interesting and valuable of historical documents.
He was not only a Merchant Adventurer, but a patentee and deputygovernor of the Massachusetts Company, and an intimate friend of Winthrop.
Pedrix, Yasoth and one Jussel Menda, representing the Merchant Guilds, together with the representatives of the Agnates and the Mountain Coalition stepped gingerly into the skim-wing.
No one guessed that the mourning dress of the celebrated French writer belonged to the merchant Fromery, and that the glittering diamond agraffes in his bosom, and the costly rings on his fingers, were the property of the Jew Hirsch.
The trestles had been set up in a U facing the hearth and the company, made up mostly of rich merchants, guild masters, and craftsmen of Wolde, clapped approvingly as Seregil and Alec took their places on a small platform set up there.
Langeron and Yekaterininskaya streets, directly opposite the huge Fankoni Cafe where stockbrokers and grain merchants in Panama hats sat at marble-topped tables set out right on the pavement, Paris-style, under awnings and surrounded by potted laurel trees, the cab in which Auntie and Pavlik were travelling was all but overturned by a bright-red automobile driven by the heir to the famous Ptashnikov Bros, firm, a grotesquely bloated young man in a tiny yachting cap, who looked amazingly like a prize Yorkshire pig.
Avarian man called Ucco who had crossed the pass at least fifteen times in the last twenty years, leading merchants out of Westfall and southern Avaria who had slaves, salt, and Ungrian steel to trade in northern Aosta.
A wealthy merchant in bijouterie and glass does not ordinarily meddle with violent robbery in trains, nor drive up into the mountains to compromise himself by being seen with wanted characters near the scene of fresh crimes.
Rani still remembered his boastful pride, especially that he had been chosen over merchants who sold their goods in the marketplace.
His bombardier released their ten 5oo-lb bombs on two merchant ships seen in the mouth of the River Elbe.