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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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  • Day after day passed, however, and no merchantman or other ships appeared.

  • The Spanish merchantman was dashing in shore at the top of his speed.

    A Prisoner of Morro Upton Sinclair
  • Having captured a Russian merchantman off Fusan, the fleet rendezvoused at Mokpo.

    Japan Various
  • There was that Spanish merchantman calmly walking off to safety.

    A Prisoner of Morro Upton Sinclair
  • In the middle of the month he recaptured an American merchantman and sent her in, and then stood to the southward.

  • The merchantman had evidently had enough, and saw that there was no further hope.

    A Prisoner of Morro Upton Sinclair
  • It was some time, however, before it could be made out whether the stranger was friend or foe, man-of-war or merchantman.

  • It seemed to come from right underneath the lee of the merchantman.

    A Prisoner of Morro Upton Sinclair
  • Larry had drifted to San Francisco and shipped on a merchantman bound for China.

    The Campaign of the Jungle Edward Stratemeyer
  • The firing had probably been heard and the wreck of the merchantman seen.

    A Prisoner of Morro Upton Sinclair
British Dictionary definitions for merchantman


noun (pl) -men
a merchant ship
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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