Pronunciation: (mûr'chunt), [key]
1. a person who buys and sells commodities for profit; dealer; trader.
2. a storekeeper; retailer: a local merchant who owns a store on Main Street.
3. Chiefly Brit.a wholesaler.
1. pertaining to or used for trade or commerce: a merchant ship.
2. pertaining to the merchant marine.
3. Steelmaking.(of bars and ingots) of standard shape or size.
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