merchandise

[n. mur-chuhn-dahyz, -dahys; v. mur-chuhn-dahyz]
noun
1.
the manufactured goods bought and sold in any business.
2.
the stock of goods in a store.
3.
goods, especially manufactured goods; commodities.
verb (used without object), merchandised, merchandising.
4.
to carry on trade.
verb (used with object), merchandised, merchandising.
5.
to buy and sell; deal in; trade.
6.
to plan for and promote the sales of.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English marchandise < Old French. See merchant, -ice

merchandisable, adjective
merchandiser, noun
unmerchandised, adjective
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merchandise
 
n
1.  commercial goods; commodities
 
vb
2.  to engage in the commercial purchase and sale of (goods or services); trade
 
[C13: from Old French. See merchant]
 
'merchandiser
 
n

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Word Origin & History

merchandise
late 13c., "commodities of commerce," from Anglo-Fr. marchaundise, from marchaunt (see merchant). The verb is recorded from late 14c.
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Slang Dictionary

merchandise definition


  1. n.
    any contraband. (Underworld.) : How much of the merchandise can you deliver by midnight?
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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Example sentences
Tiger goods are much more valuable than leopard merchandise.
Live music, refreshments and gumbo cook-off merchandise for sale.
Stores have cut the number of items they stock, hoping to avoid discounting
  unsold merchandise.
Game publishers offer exclusive merchandise for sale.
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