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.

commerce

English

Noun

  • (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.
  • * Macaulay:
  • Fifteen years of thought, observation, and commerce with the world had made him [Bunyan] wiser.
  • * 1881 , :
  • 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.
  • (obsolete) Sexual intercourse.
  • A round game at cards, in which the cards are subject to exchange, barter, or trade.
  • (Hoyle)

    Synonyms

    * trade, traffic, dealings, intercourse, interchange, communion, communication * See also

    Derived terms

    * chamber of commerce * commercial

    Verb

    (commerc)
  • (dated) To carry on trade; to traffic.
  • Beware you commerce not with bankrupts. -B. Jonson.
  • (dated) To hold intercourse; to commune.
  • Commercing with himself. -Tennyson.
    Musicians ... taught the people in angelic harmonies to commerce with heaven. -Prof. Wilson.

    merchant

    Alternative forms

    * merchaunt (obsolete)

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • 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.

    Derived terms

    * merchantable * merchant bank * merchant banker * merchant flag * merchant fleet * merchantman * merchant marine * mercantile * merchant navy * merchant prince * merchant seaman * merchant ship * merchant tailor * wine merchant

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • As a resident of a region, to buy goods from a non-resident and sell them to another non-resident.
  • a merchanting service