Meaning of mercantile in English:


Pronunciation /ˈməːk(ə)ntʌɪl/

See synonyms for mercantile

Translate mercantile into Spanish


  • Relating to trade or commerce; commercial.

    ‘the shift of wealth to the mercantile classes’
    • ‘It issued currency supported by adequate specie reserves, accepted deposits, discounted mercantile notes, and turned a respectable profit for investors.’
    • ‘Though not a rich man, my brother had earned a sufficient income in mercantile pursuits.’
    • ‘The economic infrastructure to support its mercantile potential is not in evidence in Dublin.’
    • ‘In the space of a generation we changed from an agrarian to a mercantile culture, from a stay-at-home society to one on the move.’
    • ‘Attracted by the spice trade, English mercantile interests spread first to the Far East.’
    • ‘Siberian woolly mammoths made their way over the Bering land bridge to the New World long before mercantile ships made the journey.’
    • ‘Despite its great girth, Mr. Chernow's opus is less suitable for more advanced students, particularly those of a mercantile or financial bent.’
    • ‘This close analysis of commercial patterns and practices not only supports the author's thesis about regional identity, it also offers a first-rate case study of mercantile practice on the frontier.’
    • ‘William did not assume his grandfather's title, which had lapsed on his death, but he did inherit the residue of the baronet's extensive property, and his mercantile and shipbuilding businesses at Kittery.’
    • ‘In this respect, A Chaste Maid in Cheapside seems in effect to mirror an early phase of the radical expansion and rise to economic prominence of London's commercial and mercantile estates.’
    • ‘The deposition states that this rating had prevailed for a number of years in all mercantile transactions.’
    • ‘Like his father, his political career was hampered by his adherence to fair trade and his mercantile Birmingham roots.’
    • ‘The construction of a railroad inspired the establishment of freight and mercantile businesses, and farmers grew fields of hay for horses and other pack animals.’
    • ‘Just as the ‘country’ banks regarded the notes of the eastern mercantile banks as equivalent to specie, so did the state banks regard the notes and drafts of the Bank of the United States.’
    • ‘In the old Fort area of Bombay, where the British once had their mercantile offices, is a stately stone building called Bombay House.’
    • ‘As prices fall further, bank loans turn sour, and one or more mercantile houses, banks, discount houses, or brokerages fail.’
    • ‘It also represents the Min-Yue culture characterized by its contacts with the outside world and great emphasis on mercantile entrepreneurship.’
    • ‘By mercantile usage, a bank has a lien over commercial paper deposited by the customer in the ordinary course of banking business.’
    • ‘If the Legislature approves sweeping business tax reforms - replacing the business privilege and mercantile taxes with a payroll tax - the board wants to control money raised by the new levy.’
    • ‘The policy itself, however, was a devastating blow to China's coastal economy and her once thriving maritime mercantile ventures, creating a void later to be filled by the European trading powers.’
    profit-oriented, money-oriented, profit-making, for-profit, mercenary, capitalistic
    View synonyms


Mid 17th century from French, from Italian, from mercante ‘merchant’.