Other forms: merchandising; merchandises; merchandised

The noun merchandise refers to things that can be bought or sold, like the merchandise that's for sale at your local record shop, or the merchandise sold by sidewalk vendors in a big city.

When you go into a store, you're surrounded by merchandise, whether it's food, clothing, or books. Goods that can be bought or sold are merchandise, and so are items connected with a particular movie or music group — like the t-shirts you can buy at a rock concert's merchandise booth. Merchandise is also a verb, meaning "to promote or advertise" — "Retail stores merchandise goods using displays, signs, or mannequins."

Definitions of merchandise
  1. noun
    commodities offered for sale
    “good business depends on having good merchandise
    synonyms: product, ware
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    cargo, consignment, freight, lading, load, loading, payload, shipment
    goods carried by a large vehicle
    goods whose importation or exportation or possession is prohibited by law
    an article of merchandise that is displayed or advertised more than other articles
    any product that can be sold without a brand name
    the merchandise that is sold in an ironmonger's shop
    irregular, second
    merchandise that has imperfections; usually sold at a reduced price without the brand name
    business line, line, line of business, line of merchandise, line of products, product line
    a particular kind of product or merchandise
    an item of merchandise offered for sale
    a commercial product that refills a container with its appropriate contents
    merchandise issued for sale or public showing (especially a record or film)
    dreck, schlock, shlock
    merchandise that is shoddy or inferior
    software package, software product
    merchandise consisting of a computer program that is offered for sale
    inventory, stock
    the merchandise that a shop has on hand
    top of the line
    the best (most expensive) in a given line of merchandise
    piece goods, yard goods
    merchandise in the form of fabrics sold by the yard
    drawing card, leader, loss leader
    a featured article of merchandise sold at a loss in order to draw customers
    generic drug
    when the patent protection for a brand-name drug expires generic versions of the drug can be offered for sale if the FDA agrees
    an auxiliary line of merchandise
    type of:
    commodity, good, trade good
    articles of commerce
Definitions of merchandise
  1. verb
    engage in the trade of
    “he is merchandising telephone sets”
    synonyms: trade
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    black market, run
    deal in illegally, such as arms or liquor
    trade or deal a commodity
    practice arbitrage, as in the stock market
    deal illegally
    engage in the commercial promotion, sale, or distribution of
    bring in from abroad
    sell or transfer abroad
    make available for sale
    import or export without paying customs duties
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