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- n. The trade of mercers.
- n. A mercer's shop.
- n. The goods in which a mercer deals.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The trade of mercers; the goods in which a mercer deals.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The class of commodities or goods in which a mercer deals, as silks, woolen cloths, etc.
- n. The trade of a mercer.
- n. A place where mercers' wares are sold.
This especially respects those people, who deal in heavy goods, as wholesale grocers, salters, brasiers, iron-merchants, wine-merchants, and the like; but does not exclude the dealers in woollen manufactures, and especially in mercery goods of all sorts, the dealers in which generally manage their business in this manner.
They would then require a hatmaker, a glover, at least two ropemakers, four tailors, three weavers of woollen and three weavers of linen, two basket-makers, two common brewers, ten or twelve shop-keepers to furnish chandlery and grocery wares, and as many for drapery and mercery, over and above what they could work.
The name by no means implied, originally, a dealer in silks: for _mercery_ included all sorts of small wares, toys, and haberdashery; but, as several of this opulent company were merchants, and imported great quantities of rich silks from
The latter have a great many shops of mercery, haberdashery, and millinery.
I crave your gracious protection upon the way for me, my servant, and my mercery; for I have already had many perilous passages, and have now learned that Roger Club-foot, the robber-knight of Quercy, is out upon the road in front of me.
There I will look out for a small mercery business for sale, and Therese and myself will resume selling needles and cotton, which will give us something to do.
In any case, the future of the little family was assured; the interest on the money put aside added to the profit on the mercery business, would be sufficient to keep three persons comfortably.
An old maid at Vernon had sent her to one of her relatives who in this arcade kept a mercery shop which she desired to get rid of.
Henceforth, the mercery business ceased to bring in a sou towards the household expenses, and it became necessary to encroach on the capital of forty thousand francs and more.
The salary Camille would be receiving, and the profit on the mercery business would suffice, she thought, to meet the daily expenses; so that she need not touch the income of her funded money, which would capitalise, and go towards providing marriage portions for her grandchildren.