- merchaunt (obsolete)
From Middle English marchant, from Old French marchant, from Latin mercans (“a buyer”), present participle of mercor (“trade, traffic, buy”), from merx (“merchandise, traffic”), itself probably ultimately deriving from Etruscan; see also mercy.
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈmɝtʃənt/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈmɜːtʃənt/
- Hyphenation: mer‧chant
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- Rhymes: -ɜː(ɹ)tʃənt
merchant (plural merchants)
- A person who traffics in commodities for profit.
- Synonym: trader
- The owner or operator of a retail business.
- A trading vessel; a merchantman.
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- As a resident of a region, to buy goods from a non-resident and sell them to another non-resident.
- a merchanting service