mercer

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From Anglo-Norman marcer, mercer ‎(merchant, textile merchant), from merz ‎(commodity) (from Latin merx).

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mercer ‎(plural mercers)

  1. A merchant dealing in fabrics and textiles, especially silks and other fine cloths.
    • 1600, Ben Jonson, Cynthia's Revels
      ... Acolastus-Polypragmon-Asotus, is here present (by the help of his mercer, tailor, milliner, sempster, and so forth) at his designed hour...
    • 1922, James Joyce, Ulysses
      He passed, dallying, the windows of Brown Thomas, silk mercers.

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