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)



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