merchandise

merchandise
{{11}}merchandise (n.) mid-13c., "trading, commerce;" mid-14c., "commodities of commerce, wares, articles for sale or trade," from Anglo-Fr. marchaundise, O.Fr. marcheandise "goods, merchandise; trade, business" (12c.), from marchaunt "merchant" (see MERCHANT (Cf. merchant)).
{{12}}merchandise (v.) also merchandize, "to buy and sell; to market," late 14c.; see MERCHANT (Cf. merchant) + -IZE (Cf. -ize). Meaning "promote the sale of goods" is from 1926. Related: Merchandising; MERCHANDIZING (Cf. merchandizing).

Etymology dictionary. 2014.

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