a person who buys and sells articles without altering their condition; trader or merchant, especially a wholesaler: I got a dealer's discount on this coat.
Cards. the player distributing the cards.
a person who behaves or acts toward another or others in a specified manner: a plain dealer.
Slang. a person who buys and sells drugs illegally.
a person who buys securities for his or her account and retains them until sold to another.
Compare stockbroker.

before 1000; Middle English delere, Old English dǣlere. See deal1, -er1

predealer, noun
subdealer, noun Unabridged
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dealer (ˈdiːlə)
1.  a person or firm engaged in commercial purchase and sale; trader: a car dealer
2.  cards the person who distributes the cards
3.  slang a person who sells illegal drugs

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Word Origin & History

O.E. dælere, agent noun from deal. Meaning "player who passes out the cards in a game" is from c.1600; meaning "one who deals in merchandise" is from 1610s. Illegal drug sense is recorded by 1920. Related: Dealership (1916).
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Example sentences
Before opening for business, a broker-dealer has to comply with a number of requirements.
Don't accept theoretical replacement parts: ask the dealer if they keep them in
Try an auto dealer, one of the larger ones--they sometimes have good deals on
  longer-term rentals.
They include page after page of heavy underlining and marginalia that a book
  dealer thought detracted from their value.
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