Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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.

Etymologies

French mercerie. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • 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.

    A Tour through the Eastern Counties of England, 1722

  • 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.

    From London to Land's End

  • 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 Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction Volume 14, No. 380, July 11, 1829

  • The latter have a great many shops of mercery, haberdashery, and millinery.

    Journal of a Voyage to Brazil And Residence There During Part of the Years 1821, 1822, 1823

  • 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.

    The White Company

  • 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.

    Theresa Raquin

  • 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.

    Theresa Raquin

  • 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.

    Theresa Raquin

  • 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.

    Theresa Raquin

  • 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.

    Theresa Raquin

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