AskDefine | Define mercer

Dictionary Definition



1 a dealer in textiles (especially silks)
2 British maker of printed calico cloth who invented mercerizing (1791-1866) [syn: John Mercer]

User Contributed Dictionary



(Canada) /ˈmərsər/


From mercier.


  1. a merchant dealing in fine cloth
    • 1600, Ben Jonson, Cynthia's Revels
      ... Acolastus-Polypragmon-Asotus, is here present (by the help of his mercer, tailor, milliner, sempster, and so forth) at his designed hour...
    • 1922, James Joyce, Ulysses
      He passed, dallying, the windows of Brown Thomas, silk mercers.

Extensive Definition

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mercer in German: Mercer
mercer in French: Mercer
mercer in Polish: Mercer
mercer in Volapük: Mercer
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