Copyright renewed 1969 by August Mencken and mercantile Safe Deposit Trust Co.
Our Emperor will see to it that there will be no British Empire to threaten our mercantile supremacy.
When Mr. Weddell commenced his mercantile life it was no child's play.
His father, a poor gentleman, procured a situation as accountant in a mercantile house.
And I must laugh to see my neighbours making a to-do about a mercantile bargain.
But we are a shop-keeping people, and it is folly to subject Spanish chivalry to the gauge of such grovelling, mercantile ideas.
My friend Tom has worked on a farm, while I have been engaged in mercantile pursuits.
In other cities the Exchange has merely a mercantile air—here it has a completely historical one.
To his mercantile friend in Wood Street he never applied in vain.
Refusing to be made a lawyer, he was sent, in 1734, to a mercantile house in Bristol.
1640s, from French mercantile (17c.), from Italian mercantile, from Medieval Latin mercantile, from Latin mercantem (nominative mercans) "a merchant," also "trading," present participle of mercari "to trade," from merx (see market (n.)). Mercantile system first appears in Adam Smith (1776).