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[trey-der] /ˈtreɪ dər/
a person who trades; a merchant or businessperson.
a ship used in trade, especially foreign trade.
a member of a stock exchange trading privately and not on behalf of customers.
Origin of trader
1575-85; trade + -er1
Related forms
tradership, noun
nontrader, noun
undertrader, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for trader
  • trader, or effect transactions directly or indirectly for a large trader where a non-broker-dealer carries the account.
  • He appealed to the farmer and small trader as no one else could.
  • And to the selfishness of the trader has been added the threat of the slum.
  • No two characters seem more inconsistent than those of trader and sovereign.
  • But from the trader's perspective, things are different.
  • Meyer, before starting his novel, worked as a derivatives trader and drove an ambulance.
  • He trades the old-fashioned way, phoning orders in to a licensed trader who jumps into action at the sound of his voice.
  • We can see how being a farmer or a bond trader or a gun collector might influence your vote.
  • If someone is looking to sell a stock, for example, then a bank trader may be willing to buy it.
  • One of those conditions is that trader pay must be based on fees and a transaction's spread.
British Dictionary definitions for trader


a person who engages in trade; dealer; merchant
a vessel regularly employed in foreign or coastal trade
(stock exchange, US) a member who operates mainly on his or her own account rather than for customers' accounts
Derived Forms
tradership, noun
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