Anyone whose job (or hobby) involves buying and reselling something is a dealer. If you buy candy in bulk and sell it to your friends at a profit, you can call yourself a candy dealer.

Sometimes this term implies that the goods being sold are illegal or illicit. It's even more commonly used to describe people who sell art, cars, or antiques. If you play poker with your friends and it's your turn to hand out the cards, you're also a dealer. This meaning, a player who passes out the cards in a game, dates from 1600.

Definitions of dealer
  1. noun
    someone who purchases and maintains an inventory of goods to be sold
    synonyms: bargainer, monger, trader
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    art dealer
    a dealer in works of art requiring esthetic evaluation
    a trader who exchanges goods and not money
    bibliopole, bibliopolist
    a dealer in secondhand books (especially rare or curious books)
    someone who sells cheese
    barrow-boy, barrow-man, costermonger
    a hawker of fruit and vegetables from a barrow
    a dealer in cutlery
    a dealer in fabrics and sewing materials (and sometimes in clothing and drygoods)
    a dealer in stolen property
    fishmonger, fishwife
    someone who sells fish
    horse trader
    a hard bargainer
    hardwareman, ironmonger
    someone who sells hardware
    a dealer in textiles (especially silks)
    seedman, seedsman
    a dealer in seeds
    slop-seller, slopseller
    a dealer in cheap ready-made clothing
    stamp dealer
    a dealer in stamps (whose customers are stamp collectors)
    stock trader
    someone who buys and sells stock shares
    a retail dealer in yard goods
    print seller
    someone who sells etchings and engravings etc.
    profit taker
    someone who sells stock shares at a profit
    one who deals only with brokers or other jobbers
    type of:
    merchandiser, merchant
    a businessperson engaged in retail trade
  2. noun
    a firm engaged in trading
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    car dealer
    a firm that sells and buys cars
    computer dealer
    a firm that sells and buys computers
    jewelry dealer, jewelry store
    a firm that sells and buys jewelry
    truck dealer
    a firm that sells and buys trucks
    type of:
    business firm, firm, house
    the members of a business organization that owns or operates one or more establishments
  3. noun
    a seller of illicit goods
    “a dealer in stolen goods”
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    drug dealer, drug peddler, drug trafficker, peddler, pusher
    an unlicensed dealer in illegal drugs
    type of:
    marketer, seller, trafficker, vender, vendor
    someone who promotes or exchanges goods or services for money
  4. noun
    the person who distributes the playing cards in a card game
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    type of:
    card player
    someone who plays (or knows how to play) card games
  5. noun
    the major party to a financial transaction at a stock exchange; buys and sells for his own account
    synonyms: principal
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    a financial specialist who trades for his own account and so acts both as a broker and principal
    type of:
    financier, moneyman
    a person skilled in large scale financial transactions
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