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Definition of merchant noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1a person who buys and sells goods in large quantities, especially one who imports and exports goods a cotton/wine merchant Venice was once a city of rich merchants.
  2. 2a person who owns or manages a store synonym storekeeper
  3. Idioms
    prophet of doom, doom merchant
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    a person who predicts that things will go very badly The prophets of doom who said television would kill off the book were wrong.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: merchant