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A merchant is a businessperson who trades in commodities that were produced by others, in order to earn a profit.

merchant n : a businessperson engaged in retail trade [syn: {merchandiser}]

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Merchant \Mer"chant\, n. [OE. marchant, OF. marcheant, F. marchand, fr. LL. mercatans, -antis, p. pr. of mercatare to negotiate, L. mercari to traffic, fr. merx, mercis, wares. See {Market}, {Merit}, and cf. {Commerce}.] 1. One who traffics on a large scale, especially with foreign countries; a trafficker; a trader. [1913 Webster] Others, like merchants, venture trade abroad. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. A trading vessel; a merchantman. [Obs.] --Shak. [1913 Webster] 3. One who keeps a store or shop for the sale of goods; a shopkeeper. [U. S. & Scot.] [1913 Webster]

Merchant \Mer"chant\, v. i. To be a merchant; to trade. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Merchant \Mer"chant\, a. Of, pertaining to, or employed in, trade or merchandise; as, the merchant service. [1913 Webster] {Merchant bar}, {Merchant iron} or {Merchant steel}, certain common sizes of wrought iron and steel bars. {Merchant service or Merchant marine}, the mercantile marine of a country. --Am. Cyc. {Merchant ship}, a ship employed in commerce. {Merchant tailor}, a tailor who keeps and sells materials for the garments which he makes. [1913 Webster]

Merchant The Hebrew word so rendered is from a root meaning "to travel about," "to migrate," and hence "a traveller." In the East, in ancient times, merchants travelled about with their merchandise from place to place (Gen. 37:25; Job 6:18), and carried on their trade mainly by bartering (Gen. 37:28; 39:1). After the Hebrews became settled in Palestine they began to engage in commercial pursuits, which gradually expanded (49:13; Deut. 33:18; Judg. 5:17), till in the time of Solomon they are found in the chief marts of the world (1 Kings 9:26; 10:11, 26, 28; 22:48; 2 Chr. 1:16; 9:10, 21). After Solomon's time their trade with foreign nations began to decline. After the Exile it again expanded into wider foreign relations, because now the Jews were scattered in many lands.

MERCHANT, n. One engaged in a commercial pursuit. A commercial pursuit is one in which the thing pursued is a dollar.


A vendor, or a supplier, in a supply chain is an enterprise that contributes goods or services in a supply chain.

vendor n : someone who promotes or exchanges goods or services for money [syn: {seller}, {marketer}, {vender}, {trafficker}]

21 Moby Thesaurus words for "vendor": arab, automat, cadger, chapman, cheap-jack, cheap-john, cheapjack, coin machine, coin-operated machine, colporteur, coster, costermonger, duffer, hawker, higgler, huckster, peddler, roadman, sidewalk salesman, slot machine, vending machine

Vendor \Vend"or\, n. [See {Vender}.] A vender; a seller; the correlative of vendee. [1913 Webster]

Vendor, AR Zip code(s): 72683

Data Sources:

  • merchant: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • merchant: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • merchant: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • merchant: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • merchant: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • merchant: Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
  • merchant: THE DEVIL'S DICTIONARY ((C)1911 Released April 15 1993)
  • vendor: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • vendor: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • vendor: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • vendor: U.S. Gazetteer (1990)

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