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Etymology of the English word merchant

the English word merchant
derived from the Old French word marchant
derived from the French word marcher
derived from the Frankish root *markôn
derived from the Latin word mercari (trade; buy)
derived from the Latin word merx (commodity; merchandise, goods)

Date

The earliest known usage of merchant in English dates from the 13th century.

Derivations in English

merchantman

Usage

Word found in Modern English



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