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n. Chiefly British
A dealer in textiles, especially silks.
[Middle English, from Old French mercier, trader, from merz, merchandise, from Latin merx, merc-, merchandise.]
mer′cer·y (mûrs′rē, mûr′sə-rē) n.
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(Commerce) Brit a dealer in textile fabrics and fine cloth
[C13: from Old French mercier dealer, from Vulgar Latin merciārius (unattested), from Latin merx goods, wares]
(Biography) Johnny, full name John Herndon Mercer. 1909–76, US popular songwriter and singer. His most popular songs include "Blues in the Night" (1941) and "Moon River" (1961)
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Brit. a dealer in fine textiles and fabrics.
[1150–1200; Middle English < Anglo-French; Old French mercier merchant <merz merchandise]
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|Noun||1.||mercer - a dealer in textiles (especially silks)|
Britain, Great Britain, U.K., UK, United Kingdom, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland; `Great Britain' is often used loosely to refer to the United Kingdom
|2.||Mercer - British maker of printed calico cloth who invented mercerizing (1791-1866)|
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