noun Chiefly British.
a dealer in textile fabrics; dry-goods merchant.

1150–1200; Middle English < Anglo-French; Old French mercier merchant, equivalent to merz merchandise (< Latin merx, accusative mercem) + -ier -ier2; see -er2 Unabridged
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mercer (ˈmɜːsə)
(Brit) a dealer in textile fabrics and fine cloth
[C13: from Old French mercier dealer, from Vulgar Latin merciārius (unattested), from Latin merx goods, wares]

Mercer (ˈmɜːsə)
Johnny, full name John Herndon Mercer. 1909--76, US popular songwriter and singer. His most popular songs include "Blues in the Night" (1941) and "Moon River" (1961)

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Word Origin & History

c.1123, "dealer in textile," from Fr. mercier "trader," from V.L. *merciarius, from L. merx (see market).
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Example sentences for mercer
The movement is based on the legend of wilbur mercer, a man who lived before the war.
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