merchant

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merchant

1. Chiefly US and Canadian a person engaged in retail trade
2. (esp in historical contexts) any trader
3. 
a. of the merchant navy
b. of or concerned with trade

Merchant

Ismail . born 1936, Indian film producer, noted for his collaboration with James Ivory on such films as Shakespeare Wallah (1965), The Europeans (1979), A Room with a View (1986), The Remains of the Day (1993), and The Golden Bowl (2000)
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Although families like the Wolseys, Cromwells, Cecils, and Walsinghams originated within the mercantile class, university or ecclesiastical training allowed for the erasure of their born positions, positions that demanded manual labor.
Sure, the trade unions (Labour's old base) are mostly skeptical, but the mercantile class (Labour's new base) is aggressively in favor.
With an upwardly mobile mercantile class making inroads into the more landed ``old money'' class, the upper crust found it necessary to recognize newcomers in the ranks, and sacrifice social high ground in an effort to maintain the semblance of social stature.
The new university was to be "a social investment and a direct response to the needs of the rising mercantile class of New York.