Definition of mercer in English:


Syllabification: mer·cer
Pronunciation: /ˈmərsər


British chiefly • historical
  • A dealer in textile fabrics, especially silks, velvets, and other fine materials.
    More example sentences
    • Allders started life in 1862 when 24-year-old Joshua Allder set up a linen draper and silk mercer at 102 and 103 North End.
    • Others, like vintners, mercers, and drapers, dealt in goods brought into the town from more distant parts.
    • Its streets were ‘handsome and broad, full of the shops of jewellers, goldsmiths, lapidaries, carpet weavers, silk mercers and other artisans.’



More example sentences
  • To this day Prato is still the headquarters of the Italian mercery and clothing business.
  • You also got merceries which are just like you with their own stuff but you got no control over them.
  • Here we have 3 machine dealers, two quilting stores, one couturier fabric place and several merceries of varying usefulness.


Middle English: from Old French mercier, based on Latin merx, merc- 'goods'.

More definitions of mercer

Definition of mercer in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day mage
Pronunciation: meɪdʒ
a magician or learned person