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

n someone who purchases and maintains an inventory of goods to be sold

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

n 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

n a seller of illicit goods

“a dealer in stolen goods”
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

n the person who distributes the playing cards in a card game

Type of:
card player
someone who plays (or knows how to play) card games

n the major party to a financial transaction at a stock exchange; buys and sells for his own account

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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