Meaning of merchant

mer•chant

Pronunciation: (mûr'chunt), [key]
— n.
  1. a person who buys and sells commodities for profit; dealer; trader.
  2. a storekeeper; retailer: a local merchant who owns a store on Main Street.
  3. a wholesaler.
—adj.
  1. pertaining to or used for trade or commerce: a merchant ship.
  2. pertaining to the merchant marine.
  3. (of bars and ingots) of standard shape or size.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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