Pronunciation: (mûr'chunt),[key] —n. 1. a person who buys and sells commodities for profit; dealer; trader.
2. a storekeeper; retailer: a local merchant who owns a store on Main Street. 3. Chiefly Brit.a wholesaler.
—adj. 1. pertaining to or used for trade or commerce: a merchant ship. 2. pertaining to the merchant marine.
3. Steelmaking.(of bars and ingots) of standard shape or size.