from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Chiefly British A dealer in textiles, especially silks.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A merchant dealing in fabrics and textiles, especially silks and other fine cloths.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Originally, a dealer in any kind of goods or wares; now restricted to a dealer in textile fabrics, as silks or woolens.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A dealer in small wares, or in merchandise of any sort.
- n. A dealer in cloths of different sorts, especially silk.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. British maker of printed calico cloth who invented mercerizing (1791-1866)
- n. a dealer in textiles (especially silks)
Middle English, from Old French mercier, trader, from merz, merchandise, from Latin merx, merc-, merchandise.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Anglo-Norman marcer, mercer ("merchant, textile merchant"), from merz ("commodity") (from Latin merx). (Wiktionary)