Legal Definition and Related Resources of Merchandise

Meaning of Merchandise

goods , commodities and wares as are ordinarily the objects of trade and commerce , whether sold wholesale or retail . The term is inappropriate to refer to realty .

Merchandise Alternative Definition

(Lat. mera;). A term ineluding all those things which merchants sell, ‘either wholesale or retail; as, drygoods, hardware, groceries, drugs, etc. It is usually applied to personal chattels only, and to those which are not required for food or immediate support but such as remain after having been used, or which are used only by a slow consumption. See Pardessus, note 8; Dig. 13. 3. 1; Id. 19. 4. 1; Id. 50. 16. 66; 8 Pet, (U. S.) 277; 6 Wend. (N. Y.) 335. Mere evidences of value, as bank bills, are not merchandise. The fact that a thing is sometimes bought and sold does not make it merchandise. Story, J., 2 Story, C. C. (U. S.) 10, 53, 54. See 2 Mass. 467; 20 Pick. (Mass.) 9; 3 Mete. (Mass.) 367; 2 Pars. Cont. 331, note (w). Nor are baggage (6. Fed. 413) tools or facilities (26 Ind. 294), or animals kept for use; though otherwise if they were imported for purpose of sale only (22 Vt. 655).

Financial Definition of Merchandise

All movable goods such as cars, textiles, appliances, etc. and ‘f.o.b.’ means free on board.

International Trade Meaning and Definition of Merchandise

Includes goods, wares, and chattels of every description except Prohibited Merchandise, building materials, production equipment and supplies for use in operation of a zone.

Synonyms of Merchandise


  • articles
  • articles of commerce
  • assets
  • belongings
  • capital goods
  • cargo
  • chattel
  • commodities
  • consumer durables
  • consumer goods
  • contents
  • effects
  • freight
  • goods
  • goods for sale
  • items for sale
  • line
  • line of goods
  • manufactured goods
  • material assets
  • materials
  • merx
  • movables
  • possessions
  • produce
  • property
  • provisions
  • res venales
  • salable commodities
  • shop goods
  • specialty
  • staples
  • stock
  • stock in trade
  • store
  • supplies
  • tangible assets
  • vendibles
  • wares

Related Entries of Merchandise in the Encyclopedia of Law Project

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Merchandise in Historical Law

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Legal Abbreviations and Acronyms

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Related Legal Terms

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Mentioned in these terms

Cargo, Chain Stores, Chose, Commerce, Commodity, Goods, Importation, Imports, Invoice, Mercantile, Merchant, Option, Pedlar, Shoplifting, Smuggling, Stock, Tariff, Trade Mark, Traffic.


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Merchandise Definition (in the Accounting Vocabulary)

The New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants offers the following definition of Merchandise in a way that is easy for anybody to understand: Items that can be bought or sold; commercial goods.

What are Goods, Wares, and Merchandise?

A definition of goods, wa
res, and merchandise is: A general and comprehensive designation of such chattels and goods as are ordinarily the subject of traffic and sale. More details on the Encyclopedia. The phrase is used in the statute of frauds, and is sometimes found in pleadings and other instruments.[1]



  1. “Goods, Wares, and Merchandise” in the White America Dictionary (New York, Los Angeles, London, New Delhy, Hong Kong, 1989)

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