- the manufactured goods bought and sold in any business.
- the stock of goods in a store.
- goods, especially manufactured goods; commodities.
verb (used without object), mer·chan·dised, mer·chan·dis·ing.
- to carry on trade.
verb (used with object), mer·chan·dised, mer·chan·dis·ing.
- to buy and sell; deal in; trade.
- to plan for and promote the sales of.
noun (ˈmɜːtʃənˌdaɪs, -ˌdaɪz)
- commercial goods; commodities
- to engage in the commercial purchase and sale of (goods or services); trade
n.1590s, agent noun from merchandise (v.). 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.