Definition of merchandise noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈmɜːtʃəndaɪs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɜːrtʃəndaɪs//
    ; BrE BrE//ˈmɜːtʃəndaɪz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɜːrtʃəndaɪz//
    (also merch informal) [uncountable] Marketing
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  1. 1(formal) goods that are bought or sold; goods that are for sale in a shop/store a wide selection of merchandise These tokens can be exchanged for merchandise in any of our stores. a substandard piece of merchandise excellent deals on quality merchandise The bulk of the market's merch is good. Synonymsproductgoods commodity merchandise produceThese are all words for things that are produced to be sold.product a thing that is produced or grown, usually to be sold:to create/​develop/​launch a new productgoods things that are produced to be sold:cotton/​leather goods electrical goodscommodity (economics) a product or raw material that can be bought and sold, especially between countries:rice, flour and other basic commoditiesmerchandise [U] goods that are bought or sold; things that you can buy that are connected with or advertise a particular event or organization:official Olympic merchandisegoods or merchandise?Choose goods if the emphasis is on what the product is made of or what it is for:leather/​household goods. Choose merchandise if the emphasis is less on the product itself and more on its brand or the fact of buying/​selling it.produce [U] things that have been grown or made, especially things connected with farming:We sell only fresh local produce.Patterns consumer/​industrial products/​goods/​commodities household products/​goods farm products/​produce luxury products/​goods/​commodities to sell/​market a product/​goods/​a commodity/​merchandise/​produce to export a product/​goods/​a commodity/​merchandise to buy/​purchase a product/​goods/​a commodity/​merchandise/​produce See related entries: Marketing
  2. 2things you can buy that are connected with or that advertise a particular event or organization official Olympic merchandise I usually buy some merch at their gigs.
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French marchandise, from marchand ‘merchant’.
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