Definition of mercer in English:

mercer

Line breaks: mer¦cer
Pronunciation: /ˈməːsə
 
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noun

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.’

Derivatives

mercery

noun
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.

Origin

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

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