merchant

A merchant is someone who works in or owns a retail business and sells goods. In Paris you can stroll from merchant to merchant, buying a loaf of bread in one shop and a wedge of cheese in another.

The noun merchant has its Latin roots in the word merchari, meaning to trade. Other words from the same root include "market," "merchandise," and "mercantile." In some areas, independent merchants have banded together to combine advertising dollars and compete against malls and big box stores. You should ask your neighborhood book merchant if they've considered joining a group like this.

Definitions of merchant
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n a businessperson engaged in retail trade

Synonyms:
merchandiser
Examples:
Charles Henry Harrod
English merchant who took over a shop in London that was expanded by his son into a prestigious department store (1800-1885)
Charles Digby Harrod
English merchant who expanded his father's shop in London into a prestigious department store (1841-1905)
Types:
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baker
someone who bakes commercially
book seller, bookdealer
a dealer in books; a merchant who sells books
butcher, meatman
a retailer of meat
clothier, haberdasher
a merchant who sells men's clothing
grain merchant
a merchant who deals in food grains
grocer
a retail merchant who sells foodstuffs (and some household supplies)
hatmaker, hatter, milliner, modiste
someone who makes and sells hats
jeweler, jeweller
someone in the business of selling jewelry
poulterer, poultryman
a dealer in poultry and poultry products
retail merchant, retailer
a merchant who sells goods at retail
rug merchant
a merchant who sells rugs
salt merchant, salter
someone who makes or deals in salt
schlockmeister, shlockmeister
(slang) a merchant who deals in shoddy or inferior merchandise
marketer, seller, trafficker, vender, vendor
someone who promotes or exchanges goods or services for money
market keeper, shopkeeper, storekeeper, tradesman
a merchant who owns or manages a shop
stationer, stationery seller
a merchant who sells writing materials and office supplies
bargainer, dealer, monger, trader
someone who purchases and maintains an inventory of goods to be sold
merchant-venturer, venturer
a merchant who undertakes a trading venture (especially a venture that sends goods overseas)
vintner, wine merchant
someone who sells wine
booking clerk, ticket agent
someone who sells tickets (e.g., theater seats or travel accommodations)
art dealer
a dealer in works of art requiring esthetic evaluation
barterer
a trader who exchanges goods and not money
bibliopole, bibliopolist
a dealer in secondhand books (especially rare or curious books)
chandler
a retail dealer in provisions and supplies
cheesemonger
someone who sells cheese
cleaner, dry cleaner
the operator of dry-cleaning establishment
cosmetician
someone who sells or applies cosmetics
barrow-boy, barrow-man, costermonger
a hawker of fruit and vegetables from a barrow
cutler
a dealer in cutlery
draper
a dealer in fabrics and sewing materials (and sometimes in clothing and drygoods)
fence
a dealer in stolen property
fishmonger, fishwife
someone who sells fish
florist
someone who grows and deals in flowers
flower girl
a woman who sells flowers in the street
fruiterer
a person who sells fruit
greengrocer
a grocer who sells fresh fruits and vegetables
horse trader
a hard bargainer
hosier
a tradesman who sells hosiery and (in England) knitwear
cheap-jack, huckster
a seller of shoddy goods
hardwareman, ironmonger
someone who sells hardware
licensee
someone to whom a license is granted
mercer
a dealer in textiles (especially silks)
newsagent, newsdealer, newsstand operator, newsvendor
someone who sells newspapers
hawker, packman, peddler, pedlar, pitchman
someone who travels about selling his wares (as on the streets or at carnivals)
pork butcher
a vendor of pork and products made from pork
seedman, seedsman
a dealer in seeds
selling agent
someone who sells goods (on commission) for others
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
tobacconist
a retail dealer in tobacco and tobacco-related articles
dealer
a seller of illicit goods
underseller
a seller that sells at a lower price than others do
Type of:
bourgeois, businessperson
a capitalist who engages in industrial commercial enterprise

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