merchant mer‧chant [ˈmɜːtʆnt ǁ ˈmɜːr-] noun [countable] COMMERCE
1. a person or organization that buys and sells goods or a particular type of goods:

• US tobacco merchants are depending more and more on international sales.

wine merchants and distributors

ˌmass ˈmerchant COMMERCE
a merchant selling to large numbers of buyers:

• low-cost, high-volume products sold by mass merchants and superstores

ˈretail ˌmerchant COMMERCE
someone who owns a shop, or the shop itself:

• Retail merchants often cannot afford expensive advertising.

2. used by credit card companies to talk about the shops etc that accept their cards:

• Today, over 18 million merchants accept Visa.

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merchant UK US /ˈmɜːtʃənt/ noun [C] COMMERCE
a person or business that buys and sells products in large amounts for profit, often trading with other countries: »

grain/cotton/wine merchants

a business that sells directly to the public either from a store or through the internet: »

Experienced merchants said that the fee structure for accepting cards is confusing.


Local merchants experienced a revenue boost in the lead up to Thanksgiving.


Most online merchants will email you an order confirmation with details of your purchase.

See also FUTURES COMMISSION MERCHANT(Cf. futures commission merchant), MASS MERCHANT(Cf. ↑mass merchant), RETAIL MERCHANT(Cf. ↑retail merchant), RETAILER(Cf. ↑retailer)
See Note SELLER(Cf. ↑seller)
merchant UK US /ˈmɜːtʃənt/ adjective [before noun]
COMMERCE used to describe people or businesses connected with buying or selling goods: »

merchant customers/families/fees

TRANSPORT connected with the ships that carry goods by sea: »

merchant fleet/seaman

Financial and business terms. 2012.

(particularly a wholesale trader), ,

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