from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of or relating to merchants or trade.
- adj. Of or relating to mercantilism.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Concerned with the exchange of goods for profit
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of or pertaining to merchants, or the business of merchants; having to do with trade, or the buying and selling of commodities; commercial.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to merchants, or the traffic carried on by merchants; having to do with trade or commerce; trading; commercial.
- Characteristic of the business of merchants; in accord with business principles.
- Synonyms Mercantile, Commercial. Commercial is the broader term, including the other. Mercantile applies only to the actual purchase and sale of goods, according to one's line of business; the mercantile class in a community comprises all such as are actually in the business of buying and selling. Commercial covers the whole theory and practice of commerce, home or foreign : as, the British are a commercial people; commercial usages, honor, law. The word is applicable wherever the more varied activities of commerce are concerned.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. relating to or characteristic of trade or traders
- adj. profit oriented
- adj. of or relating to the economic system of mercantilism
French, from Italian, from mercante, merchant, from Latin mercāns, mercant-, from present participle of mercārī, to trade, from merx, merc-, merchandise, goods.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)