Commerce vs Merchant - What's the difference?
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Commerce is a related term of merchant.
As nouns the difference between commerce and merchant
is that commerce
is (business) the exchange or buying and selling of commodities; especially the exchange of merchandise, on a large scale, between different places or communities; extended trade or traffic while merchant
is a person who traffics in commodities for profit.
As verbs the difference between commerce and merchant
is that commerce
is (dated) to carry on trade; to traffic while merchant
is as a resident of a region, to buy goods from a non-resident and sell them to another non-resident.
Other Comparisons: What's the difference?
(business) The exchange or buying and selling of commodities; especially the exchange of merchandise, on a large scale, between different places or communities; extended trade or traffic.
Social intercourse; the dealings of one person or class in society with another; familiarity.
* 1881 , :
- Fifteen years of thought, observation, and commerce with the world had made him [Bunyan] wiser.
(obsolete) Sexual intercourse.
- Suppose we held our converse not in words, but in music; those who have a bad ear would find themselves cut off from all near commerce , and no better than foreigners in this big world.
A round game at cards, in which the cards are subject to exchange, barter, or trade.
* trade, traffic, dealings, intercourse, interchange, communion, communication
* See also
* chamber of commerce
(dated) To carry on trade; to traffic.
(dated) To hold intercourse; to commune.
- Beware you commerce not with bankrupts. -B. Jonson.
- Commercing with himself. -Tennyson.
- Musicians ... taught the people in angelic harmonies to commerce with heaven. -Prof. Wilson.
* merchaunt (obsolete)
A person who traffics in commodities for profit.
The owner or operator of a retail business.
A trading vessel; a merchantman.
* 1611 , , II. i. 5:
- Every day, some sailor's wife, / The masters of some merchant', and the ' merchant , / Have just our theme of woe.
* merchant bank
* merchant banker
* merchant flag
* merchant fleet
* merchant marine
* merchant navy
* merchant prince
* merchant seaman
* merchant ship
* merchant tailor
* wine merchant
As a resident of a region, to buy goods from a non-resident and sell them to another non-resident.
- a merchanting service