American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Goods bought and sold in business; commercial wares.
- v. To buy and sell (goods).
- v. To promote the sale of, as by advertising or display: merchandised a new product.
- v. To buy and sell goods; trade commercially.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In general, any movable object of trade or traffic; that which is passed from hand to hand by purchase and sale: specifically, the objects of commerce; a commercial commodity or commercial commodities in general; the staple of a mercantile business; commodities, goods, or wares bought and sold for gain. Real property, ships, money, stocks, and bonds are not merchandise, nor are notes or other mere representatives or measures of actual commodities or values.
- n. Purchase and sale; trade; bargain; traffic; dealing, or advantage from dealing.
- n. uncountable Commodities offered for sale.
- n. countable A commodity offered for sale; an article of commerce; a kind of merchandise.
- v. intransitive, archaic To engage in trade.
- v. intransitive To engage in in-store promotion of the sale of goods, as by display and arrangement of goods.
- v. transitive, archaic To engage in the trade of.
- v. transitive To engage in in-store promotion of the sale of.
- v. transitive To promote as if for sale.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The objects of commerce; whatever is usually bought or sold in trade, or market, or by merchants; wares; goods; commodities.
- n. The act or business of trading; trade; traffic.
- v. To trade; to carry on commerce.
- v. To make merchandise of; to buy and sell.
- v. engage in the trade of
- n. commodities offered for sale
- From Anglo-Norman marchaundise, from marchaunt ("merchant") (Wiktionary)
- Middle English merchaundise, from Old French marchandise, trade, from marcheant, marchand, merchant; see merchant. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The imagined history of the merchandise is as interesting as the wares are intrinsically.”
“We shop near where we live where the merchandise is as good as downtown but at much less cost and no sales tax to pay.”
“a Ninja-like outfit was arrested after stealing $30,000 in merchandise from the Nordstrom where he worked and attempting to sell it ...”
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“In the States I got a call once from an organisation that found itself with excess funds and just asked me to provide an order up to worth a I/2 a mill in merchandise, as budget had to be spent.”
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“Tempting merchandise is displayed in windows, doorways, and beneath the colorful arcades that line the streets.”
Bernal's centro (downtown, or central district) is filled with shops housed in colonial buildings. Tempting merchandise is displayed in windows, doorways, and beneath the colorful arcades that line the streets. The Querétaro town has been designated a pueblo mágico. © Jane Ammeson 2009
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“For shoppers who pay with cash and don't have a receipt, Target allows up to $70 in merchandise to be returned in one year, offering a gift card equal to the current value of the returned item.”
“Restatement also takes the position that the use of indicia of identity on merchandise is a use for purposes of trade.”
These user-created lists contain the word ‘merchandise’.
All these terms have a (different) American English equivalent. Wonder if you can identify them?
I've heard all of these mispronounced. No kidding.
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