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mer·chant·man

 (mûr′chənt-mən)
n.
1. A ship used in commerce.
2. Archaic A merchant.
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merchantman

(ˈmɜːtʃəntmən)
n, pl -men
(Nautical Terms) a merchant ship
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mer•chant•man

(ˈmɜr tʃənt mən)

n., pl. -men.
a trading ship.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.merchantman - a cargo shipmerchantman - a cargo ship; "they did much of their overseas trade in foreign bottoms"
cargo ship, cargo vessel - a ship designed to carry cargo
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Translations

merchantman

[ˈmɜːtʃəntmən] N (merchantmen (pl)) → buque m mercante
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merchantman

[ˈmɜːrtʃəntmən] n (= ship) → navire m marchandmerchant marine (US) nmarine f marchandemerchant navy (British) nmarine f marchandemerchant seaman n [merchant seamen] (pl) → marin m de la marine marchandemerchant ship nnavire m marchand
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merchantman

[ˈmɜːtʃntmən] n (-men (pl)) (ship) → mercantile m
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References in classic literature ?
Hence, in whale-ships and merchantmen alike, the mates have their quarters with the captain; and so, too, in most of the American whalers the harpooneers are lodged in the after part of the ship.
In merchantmen, oil for the sailor is more scarce than the milk of queens.
Fortunately he sailed due north, and within a week was in the track of the Spanish merchantmen plying between the West Indies and Spain, and was picked up by one of these vessels homeward bound.
Later we were fired upon by a destroyer, and two merchantmen turned and fled at our approach.
He carried the strictness of this order so far as to detain in England the ambassadors of Denmark, who had taken their leave, and the regular ambassador of Holland, who was to take back to the port of Flushing the Indian merchantmen of which Charles I had made restitution to the United Provinces.
Neither costing much nor lasting long, it was a journey which well-to-do merchantmen and others like them could well afford.
In 1791, the French Government, justly uneasy as to the fate of these two sloops, manned two large merchantmen, the Recherche and the Esperance, which left Brest the 28th of September under the command of Bruni d'Entrecasteaux.
Close inshore was a multitude of fishing smacks--English, Scotch, French, Dutch, and Swedish; steam launches from the Thames, yachts, electric boats; and beyond were ships of large burden, a multitude of filthy colliers, trim merchantmen, cattle ships, passenger boats, petroleum tanks, ocean tramps, an old white transport even, neat white and grey liners from Southampton and Hamburg; and along the blue coast across the Blackwater my brother could make out dimly a dense swarm of boats chaffering with the people on the beach, a swarm which also extended up the Blackwater almost to Maldon.
There were a few lighters and barges, but none of the great merchantmen such as ply the upper air between the cities of the outer world.
Although a summer trip, Christmas calls as it is here that visitors can see where the mortal remains of Saint Nicholas, which were stolen from Turkey in the 11th Century by Barese merchantmen, are buried.
The ground crew, radar plotters, the merchantmen and tanker crews running the gauntlet of the U-boat wolf-packs.
"Also, two fishing weights were found, which offer us a glimpse of the life onboard the merchantmen of the period."