a person who trades; a merchant or businessperson.
a ship used in trade, especially foreign trade.
a member of a stock exchange trading privately and not on behalf of customers.

1575–85; trade + -er1

tradership, noun
nontrader, noun
undertrader, noun Unabridged
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trader (ˈtreɪdə)
1.  a person who engages in trade; dealer; merchant
2.  a vessel regularly employed in foreign or coastal trade
3.  (US) stock exchange a member who operates mainly on his or her own account rather than for customers' accounts

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Example sentences
Trader, or effect transactions directly or indirectly for a large trader where
  a non-broker-dealer carries the account.
He appealed to the farmer and small trader as no one else could.
And to the selfishness of the trader has been added the threat of the slum.
No two characters seem more inconsistent than those of trader and sovereign.
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