Definition of mercantile in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmərkənˌtēl/


Relating to trade or commerce; commercial: the shift of wealth to the mercantile classes
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  • 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.
commercial, trade, trading, business, merchant, sales


A general store: we walked to the local mercantile
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  • The chapter on towns includes photos of streets, homes, and Depression-era ‘Hoovertowns,’ whereas the one on businesses depicts impressive grand hotels, hospitals, and small mercantiles.
  • My Mom's garage is sort of like a cool vintage mercantile, but my Mama's so generous, I never have to pay for any of it.


Mid 17th century: from French, from Italian, from mercante 'merchant'.

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Syllabification: mer·can·tile

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