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[mur-chuh nt-muh n] /ˈmɜr tʃənt mən/
noun, plural merchantmen.
a trading ship.
Also called merchant ship, merchant vessel.
Origin of merchantman
1520-30; merchant + -man Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Thus, you see, comparing the tonnage of a warship with that of a merchant ship is somewhat like comparing a pound with a bushel.

  • Behold what the quarter-deck training even in a merchant ship will do!

    Some Reminiscences Joseph Conrad
  • She was no merchant ship, this was already clear, but there was still the hope that she might be a man-of-war or a privateer.

    Blackbeard: Buccaneer Ralph D. Paine
  • Labourers employed to load and unload a merchant ship when in harbour.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • We had not even weapons of defence which are always allowed on every English merchant ship.

  • There were all the transports and galleys of the host and many a merchant ship.

    Venice and its Story Thomas Okey
  • How disagreable is the act of leaving harbour in a merchant ship!

    A Love Story A Bushman
  • I enlisted as a signalman, and was assigned to duty on a merchant ship.

  • We shipped in a merchant ship at Liverpool, and sailed for the west coast of Africa.

    The Gorilla Hunters R.M. Ballantyne
  • We were escorting a merchant ship flotilla—a whole flock of us.

British Dictionary definitions for merchant ship


noun (pl) -men
a merchant ship
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