- Relating to trade or commerce; commercial: the shift of wealth to the mercantile classesMore example sentences
- It issued currency supported by adequate specie reserves, accepted deposits, discounted mercantile notes, and turned a respectable profit for investors.
- Though not a rich man, my brother had earned a sufficient income in mercantile pursuits.
- The economic infrastructure to support its mercantile potential is not in evidence in Dublin.
mid 17th century: from French, from Italian, from mercante 'merchant'.