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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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  • The trader spoke their tongue as easily as he spoke any other that came to the post, naturally and with quiet fluency.

  • “No—not ill, just a scratch from an arrow,” gasped the trader with an oath.

    The Wild Man of the West R.M. Ballantyne
  • Ive heerd that complaint of it once or twice before, replied the trader; but it soon cools down again; dont you find it so?

  • John Manack, an Indian trader, saw them there, and purchased Mary.

    Stories Of Georgia Joel Chandler Harris
  • In the whole history of economics the stranger makes his appearance everywhere as the trader, the trader his as the stranger.

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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