merchandise


merchandise

noun

  1. the manufactured goods bought and sold in any business.
  2. the stock of goods in a store.
  3. goods, especially manufactured goods; commodities.

verb (used without object), mer·chan·dised, mer·chan·dis·ing.

  1. to carry on trade.

verb (used with object), mer·chan·dised, mer·chan·dis·ing.

  1. to buy and sell; deal in; trade.
  2. to plan for and promote the sales of.

noun (ˈmɜːtʃənˌdaɪs, -ˌdaɪz)

  1. commercial goods; commodities

verb (ˈmɜːtʃənˌdaɪz)

  1. to engage in the commercial purchase and sale of (goods or services); trade

n.mid-13c., “trading, commerce;” mid-14c., “commodities of commerce, wares, articles for sale or trade,” from Anglo-French marchaundise, Old French marcheandise “goods, merchandise; trade, business” (12c.), from marchaunt “merchant” (see merchant). v.also merchandize, “to buy and sell; to market,” late 14c.; see merchant + -ize. Meaning “promote the sale of goods” is from 1926. Related: Merchandising; merchandizing.

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