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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR MERCHANTS

They were of the "Effendi class," and might be merchants or professional persons.

Judges lie in their official garb, and merchants with the emblems of their trade.

Likewise the shopkeepers and merchants and their assistants of all kinds were there.

Their merchants were eagerly looking about for commercial opportunities.

Railroad discussions were confined to merchants and manufacturers.

The great majority, almost the whole of our merchants, are for you.

Mine-owners and merchants were deeply engrossed in getting rich.

In more homely language the merchants appealed to their friends.

The booty was divided among the London merchants, as had been agreed upon.

I have been to merchants of wine, of tabac, to hotels, to Leicester Square.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1200, from Anglo-French marchaunt "merchant, shopkeeper" (Old French marcheant, Modern French marchand), from Vulgar Latin *mercatantem (nominative *mercatans) "a buyer," present participle of *mercatare, frequentative of Latin mercari "to trade, traffic, deal in" (see market). Meaning "fellow, chap" is from 1540s; with a specific qualifier, and suggesting someone who deals in it (e.g. speed merchant "one who enjoys fast driving"), from 1914.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.