Merchant vs Supplier - What's the difference?

merchant | supplier |

As a proper noun merchant

is .

As a noun supplier is

one who supplies; a provider.


Alternative forms

* merchaunt (obsolete)


(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


    (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



    (en noun)
  • One who supplies; a provider.
  • * {{quote-magazine, title=An internet of airborne things, date=2012-12-01, volume=405, issue=8813, page=3 (Technology Quarterly), magazine= citation
  • , passage=A farmer could place an order for a new tractor part by text message and pay for it by mobile money-transfer. A supplier many miles away would then take the part to the local matternet station for airborne dispatch via drone.}}
  • (soccer) Someone who assists (sets up) a goal.
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=January 16 , author=Saj Chowdhury , title=Sunderland 1 - 1 Newcastle , work=BBC citation , page= , passage=Regular supplier Barton played in another teasing corner, which was headed on towards goal by the impressive Ameobi and flicked in by expert poacher Nolan.}}

    See also

    * provider * vendor


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