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[mur-ser] /ˈmɜr sər/
noun, Chiefly British.
a dealer in textile fabrics; dry-goods merchant.
Origin of mercer
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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  • I should think you might see a good deal of her over at Abington, Mr. mercer.

    Abington Abbey Archibald Marshall
  • The mercer glanced back, as though to see if any one were following.

    The White Lady of Hazelwood Emily Sarah Holt
  • The mercer bowed, with deft quickness executed the order, and proceeded to pack up the remainder of his goods.

    The White Lady of Hazelwood Emily Sarah Holt
  • “Polly makes this herself on purpose for us,” said mercer importantly.

    Burr Junior G. Manville Fenn
  • For this tapestry the king paid thirty pounds to Thomas de Hebenhith, mercer of London.

  • “Wonder whether I could hit him,” cried mercer, picking up a stone.

    Burr Junior G. Manville Fenn
  • Of course,” cried mercer; “and some one has put his foot on it and smashed the glass.

    Burr Junior G. Manville Fenn
  • “He has got it, and is going to take it to his hole,” whispered mercer.

    Burr Junior G. Manville Fenn
  • Smothering a vexed exclamation, I rushed off to mercer's Hotel.

British Dictionary definitions for mercer


(Brit) a dealer in textile fabrics and fine cloth
Derived Forms
mercery, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French mercier dealer, from Vulgar Latin merciārius (unattested), from Latin merx goods, wares


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 and History for mercer

early 12c., "dealer in textile," from Old French mercier "shopkeeper, tradesman," from Vulgar Latin *merciarius, from Latin merx (see market (n.)).

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