Definition of trading house in English:

trading house

Pronunciation /ˈtreɪdɪŋ haʊs/


  • 1 historical Especially in North America: a building in which trade or barter, especially between settlers or traders and indigenous peoples, takes place; compare "trading post".

  • 2A firm that specializes in buying and selling merchandise, especially internationally; a company that imports and exports goods, or facilitates this process.


Mid 17th century; earliest use found in John Winthrop (1588–1649), colonial governor. From trading + house.