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an investment/merchant bank (=one that buys and sells stocks and shares etc)
▪ Goldman Sachs, the US investment bank
merchant bank
merchant navy
▪ John worked as a chef in the merchant navy.
merchant seaman
▪ When required for use in war, large numbers of merchant vessels were impressed adhoc.
▪ Analysts also expect the company to shed its large stake in merchant bank Singer &038; Friedlander.
▪ Fancy designs are available from larger timber merchants, and give a lovely effect when lit from behind.
▪ A hundred pounds and above covered knights and other leading gentry as well as merchants in overseas trade.
▪ The Khmers Rouges are the leading merchants of chaos.
▪ Senior politicians, key property figures and leading City merchant banks have all taken part in the talks.
▪ Take time to shop around; get to know your local wine merchant or investigate your local supermarket.
▪ Besides fattening the wallets of local merchants, the negotiators challenged each other to solve disputes on agriculture and textiles.
▪ Having an option doesn't have to affect how you physically sell wheat, or your relationship with local merchants.
▪ A suitable window frame came off a skip behind a local double glazing merchant, and was incorporated into the studwork.
▪ The piazza itself was filled with the stalls of local merchants and shopkeepers.
▪ One local builders' merchant has most of the materials we needed.
▪ Try your local architectural salvage merchants, who collect artefacts from old house and gardens.
▪ Try local builders' merchants and garden centres for stocks.
▪ The absence of a prosperous merchant class meant that Sheffield had few fine houses or public buildings.
▪ For the prosperous merchants, substantial timber-framed houses were built around the gates of the Castle and Priory.
▪ Both his parents came from prosperous merchant and landowning families.
▪ Particularly the prosperous merchants and bankers, whose taxes paid for the police.
▪ The palazzo is named after the rich merchant, Giova Battista Durini, for whom it was built.
▪ Doubtless a rich merchant escaping with as much treasure as he could lay frantic hands on.
▪ The Church of St Havel with its Romanesque foundations was surrounded by the houses of wealthy merchants.
▪ At twenty-eight he was a wealthy merchant and a member of Congress.
▪ Morrice became a moderately wealthy merchant, spending generously on the education of young men for the dissenting ministry.
▪ Under other circumstances, he might have become a wealthy merchant.
▪ Here there are many quintas which were used by the wealthy Funchal merchants in the summer months.
▪ Born the son of a wealthy cloth merchant, Francis lived a lavish and irresponsible life.
▪ As a result only a thin stratum of wealthy native merchants developed.
▪ Also patron of job-related stress and wine merchants.
▪ Consumers should go there only with guidance from a capable wine merchant or reviewer.
▪ So there he was, in a merchant bank, desperately trying to restore the family fortunes.
▪ Others are employed in merchant banks advising pension funds.
▪ Analysts also expect the company to shed its large stake in merchant bank Singer &038; Friedlander.
▪ Senior politicians, key property figures and leading City merchant banks have all taken part in the talks.
▪ The Founders had to agree everything to do with the paper, including the appointment of the sponsoring merchant bank.
▪ Takeover speculation lifted merchant bank Morgan Grenfell another 13p to 370p and Kleinwort Benson 8p to 374p.
▪ He is Patrick Bateman, a smirking, self-important young man working for a Wall Street merchant bank in the 1980s.
▪ A former merchant banker, Le Roux knew little about motorbikes; he didn't even have a license to drive one.
▪ He had a bank balance that a senior merchant banker would not be ashamed of.
▪ The first merchant bankers approached were Samuel Montagu.
▪ Let me show you that all men aren't as cruel and immature as your retarded merchant banker.
▪ Mr Fitton, backed by merchant banker Henry Ansbacher, first came up with the offer six weeks ago.
▪ By analogy, the same principle could apply to other insiders, such as merchant bankers, who misuse confidential news.
▪ The plaintiffs obtained a report from the defendants, merchant bankers with whom E had an account, as to E's creditworthiness.
▪ The company recently appointed Charterhouse as merchant banking advisers which will help it identify the options.
▪ A strong merchant banking contribution was more than offset by losses on investment management and stockbroking and some heavy loan provisions.
▪ The group's merchant banking adviser, Kleinwort Benson, is searching for suitable partners.
▪ Maybe merchant banking is the ultimate microcosm for life after all.
▪ Most of the fall came as a result of the release of provisions in the merchant banking and securities division.
▪ Saqr was a leading member of a well-known family of the traditional merchant class which owned the leading liberal newspaper, al-Qabas.
▪ The absence of a prosperous merchant class meant that Sheffield had few fine houses or public buildings.
▪ While war could create serious difficulties for the merchant class, other social groups looked at it in a different light.
▪ Along with the growth of towns went the rise of the merchant class.
▪ There was much variety of origin in the merchant class, then as now; and this is what we should expect.
▪ There was a strong merchant class whose aspirations were no less than his.
▪ Born the son of a wealthy cloth merchant, Francis lived a lavish and irresponsible life.
▪ An ugly church, monstrous and vulgar as the cloth merchants who had built it.
▪ The 13 coal merchants and some of the 12 corn and seed merchants no doubt operated from the wharf.
▪ Other services provided by Co-operative societies include undertakers, coal merchants and opticians.
▪ The worst was a coal merchant.
▪ While doing this he gave a wonderful imitation of his coal merchant and his wife.
▪ Take an example: Mrs. Jones telephones her coal merchant asking him to deliver six bags of coal.
▪ If you use solid fuel many approved coal merchants provide budget schemes and supply small quantities.
▪ As Parker points out, the average age of the world merchant fleet is now 16 years.
▪ During the war I had felt the same about those they were attacking, the brave men of the Allied merchant fleets.
▪ At Bristol and Liverpool slavers did make up significant proportions of the merchant fleets.
▪ The importance of the merchant navy in the formation of the maritime culture in North Shields was very great.
▪ Its chief exports had been sponges and merchant seamen, and those brought in nothing in wartime.
▪ Meale, who began working life as a merchant seaman and was later an Aycliffe councillor, is unamused.
▪ The 37-year-old merchant seaman killed Joyce after a night out ended in drunken violence.
▪ The position with regard to merchant seamen on Tyneside is rather complex.
▪ This abandonment of a Tyneside base by ship owning interests would not necessarily reduce recruitment of merchant seamen from the Tyne.
▪ The battle cost 120,000 lives, including 30,000 merchant seamen and 6,000 men of the Royal Navy.
▪ The 13 coal merchants and some of the 12 corn and seed merchants no doubt operated from the wharf.
▪ Obvious sponsors might be seed merchants or weedkiller manufacturers.
▪ You can get these varieties from seed merchants such as Thompson and Morgan.
▪ They had been introduced by seed merchants putting them into their catalogues and invoices - and never objected to by farmers.
▪ As he approached the coastline he passed over a merchant ship.
▪ Some 22,500 foreign merchant ships passed through in 1992, a 10 percent increase on the previous year.
▪ Scharnhorst, taking Rawalpindi for an unarmed merchant ship, signalled her to heave to.
▪ Chapter Eight On 14 July 1892, Maisie's son boarded a merchant ship and sailed away from his homeland.
▪ On August 1, the aircraft in which Ramsay was flying was shot down leading an attack against merchant shipping.
▪ Branches of timber merchants, such as W H Newson, stock a range of hardwood mouldings for you to put up yourself.
▪ Fancy designs are available from larger timber merchants, and give a lovely effect when lit from behind.
▪ When required for use in war, large numbers of merchant vessels were impressed adhoc.
▪ Boarding and rummage of a merchant vessel presents no particular problem to us.
▪ Typically, the arming of a merchant vessel involved mounting eight six-inch guns on the ship.
▪ It was built originally by one of the old wool merchants, who wanted to establish his family as landed gentry.
▪ They became weavers, or tailors, or wool merchants.
▪ Crosby Hall was built by Sir John Crosby, a wealthy grocer and wool merchant, and was completed in 1475.
▪ Being solid wool merchants at heart, they are not sure what to make of an engine that runs on paper.
▪ She was the daughter of Robert Keown, a London wool merchant.
▪ Lain's Barn is the perfect setting for Midwinter merchants, selling everything from weapons to costume.
▪ She says many old-time merchants are selling out.
▪ What if the principal of the school decides that only one merchant can sell banana Popsicles?
▪ Builders' merchants then sell these fittings to builders alongside other merchandise that builders require.
Merchants say sales have not been affected by the road repairs.
▪ an international arms merchant
▪ Downtown merchants are stocking up for the Christmas shopping season.
▪ Local merchants have had trouble with vandals breaking windows.
▪ She was born in 1432, the daughter of a wealthy London merchant.
▪ Also patron of job-related stress and wine merchants.
▪ He appears among merchants as a merchant, among princes as a prince; even among insects as an insect.
▪ Its name comes from Philip Fenton, a merchant who owned it during its second century.
▪ Several of them were the sons of merchants, some prosperous, some small, two ruined.
▪ The merchant, the client, had willingly stooped into the dungeon of lust.
▪ These steps into new territory were too big and too risky to be undertaken by individual merchants.
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.
--Am. Cyc.

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.]

  1. One who traffics on a large scale, especially with foreign countries; a trafficker; a trader.

    Others, like merchants, venture trade abroad.

  2. A trading vessel; a merchantman. [Obs.]

  3. 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]


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 (surname)

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.

Merchant (disambiguation)

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

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.