noun, plural merchantmen.
a trading ship.
Also called merchant ship, merchant vessel.

1520–30; merchant + -man Unabridged
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merchantman (ˈmɜːtʃəntmən)
n , pl -men
a merchant ship

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Example sentences
Improving upon hull below and rigging above, he makes a proud merchantman, to be wafted by the winds from continent to continent.
Six shells were fired before the merchantman showed signs of sink ing.
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