Definition of merchant adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈmɜːtʃənt//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɜːrtʃənt//
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[only before noun] connected with the transport of goods by sea merchant seamen Word Origin Middle English: from Old French marchant, based on Latin mercari ‘to trade’, from merx, merc- ‘merchandise’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: merchant