Definition of dealer in English:



  • 1A person who buys and sells goods:

    ‘a dealer in foreign stamps’
    • ‘It was a major dealer in the UK utilities market, handling 30% of the gas and electricity trade.’
    • ‘Diaries will be available within 10 days of booking an order, said Shantha Ravikumar, a product dealer in the city.’
    • ‘The cyclist is offered the chance to get the cycle fitted with working lights by taking it along to a cycle dealer in York within 14 days of being issued with a ticket.’
    • ‘The painting of Calais, being sold by a dealer in Hampshire, was also snapped up for the gallery.’
    • ‘But police now believe the electrical equipment was originally obtained from a dealer in Lancashire on December 17.’
    • ‘A former dealer in replica guns, who did not want to be named, said that the illegal conversion of weapons to fire live ammunition was very difficult.’
    • ‘Prairie dogs that the company then sold to a pet dealer in Milwaukee later infected people.’
    • ‘Rioux buys her plants from a dealer in Alberta and has a contract with an Alberta buyer for the sale of organic seeds and roots.’
    • ‘Although we bought calves locally for rearing, we sometimes bought them from a dealer in Cheshire.’
    • ‘Recently we procured another flower color type from a local dealer in horticultural plants.’
    • ‘He became an antique dealer in Leamington Spa and coached at Coventry.’
    • ‘‘This was a reaction to the unknown,’ said a bullion dealer in London.’
    • ‘The Glasgow-based writer worked for many years as a dealer in second-hand, out-of-print and antiquarian books.’
    • ‘Schoeni was a leading dealer in Chinese contemporary art with two galleries in Hong Kong's fashionable SoHo district.’
    • ‘The dealer in minerals sees the market value of the jewels he handles, not their beauty.’
    • ‘The purchase and transfer of the art was conducted through a dealer in the U.S. who specializes in such art-donation schemes.’
    • ‘The edition, which was expected to fetch up to £10,000, was bought by a book dealer in Bristol.’
    • ‘Each town has a blacksmith, a dealer in wands and staves, and a seller of potions.’
    • ‘The gun was brought from a gun dealer in another city, where it would normally have to be picked up.’
    • ‘Bowring studied art history and has always been a dealer in art.’
    trader, tradesman, tradesperson, merchant, salesman, saleswoman, salesperson, seller, buyer, buyer and seller, marketeer, merchandiser, distributor, supplier, vendor, shopkeeper, retailer, wholesaler, purveyor, marketer, trafficker, pedlar, hawker
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    1. 1.1 A person who buys and sells shares, securities, or other financial assets as a principal (rather than as a broker or agent):
      ‘a brash young dealer arrived on the dealing floor’
      See also broker-dealer
      • ‘There's no doubt the market thinks so, with dealers marking down its shares a mere 10p to 1620p on this news.’
      • ‘Hedge funds' arrival in force creates risks and opportunities for local dealers and asset managers.’
      • ‘The network, including bankers, security dealers, and insurers, mobilized very quickly.’
      • ‘While we are selling motor insurance policies via dealers we will use brokers for our group personal accident insurance policy.’
      • ‘Bagri predicts that baffled investors and dealers will stop trading.’
      • ‘The pharmaceutical giant also created an enormous task for Wall Street's stock dealers and brokers.’
      • ‘Twenty-three financial institutions, primary dealers, took part in the auction on October 25.’
      • ‘The Fed uses this cash to purchase securities from primary government bond dealers.’
      • ‘Purchasing securities from a primary dealer and paying for them with cash adds liquidity to the banking system.’
      • ‘Volume in the shares was high - dealers said some small shareholders were selling out but most of the trading was down to institutional shareholders.’
      • ‘But with the recent takeover speculation having already sent the shares higher, dealers believe the stock is looking a bit pricey.’
      • ‘Among the crowd of dealers and speculators at one recent session was a man who gave his name only as Ali.’
      • ‘The bid price is the price at which the dealer is willing to buy a security and the ask price is the price at which the dealer is willing to sell the security.’
      • ‘Soon, dealers and brokers will be able to post anonymous quotes on SuperMontage.’
      • ‘What percent of brokers, dealers, and investors are taking antidepressant drugs?’
      • ‘The euro was launched as an electronic currency in 1999 for use by banks, stockbrokers, and foreign exchange dealers.’
      • ‘As such sentiment swept the market, dealers reported a rush by investors to switch out of bonds and into stocks, fearing they could miss out on a major rally by equities.’
      • ‘Under dealer principal Eugene Cranley, the company started up in Glasthule before moving to the present location some years ago.’
      • ‘On the one hand they crave the luxurious lifestyles of the corporate executives and financial dealers on Wall Street.’
      • ‘Among the pioneers of e-commerce were the banks, dealers in stocks and shares, and booksellers like Amazon.’
      stockbroker, broker-dealer, broker, agent, negotiator
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    2. 1.2informal A person who sells illegal drugs:
      ‘she was sucked into an underworld of heroin addicts, dealers, pimps, prostitution, and theft’
      ‘his mother was a crack dealer and he had a very troubled family life’
  • 2The player who distributes the cards at the start of a game.

    • ‘It's okay if one person gets an extra card, just make sure you shift dealers every game.’
    • ‘When each player is finished the dealer then shows the opponent his highest hand.’
    • ‘Every dealer in Vegas will tell you roulette is a sucker's game.’
    • ‘If there is a tie, the players that tie continue to cut the cards until a dealer is determined.’
    • ‘In some places it is the player to the right of the dealer who is dealt no cards and sits out of the play.’
    • ‘The dealer can discard cards and draw replacements from the stock as fast as he or she likes.’
    • ‘After each player receives their cards, the dealer takes one card and places it face up.’
    • ‘The dealer shuffles the cards and offers them to be cut by the player to the dealer's right.’
    • ‘This dealer deals each player seven cards in a row then puts the remaining cards in a face down pile in center of players.’
    • ‘The example was given of a poker game where the dealer deals himself a straight flush.’
    • ‘He found work as a dealer in a casino but drugs and alcohol were a part of the scene and he eventually lost the job.’
    • ‘At the beginning of the game, the dealer deals to each player until the deck is exhausted.’
    • ‘Let's say everybody is dealt a bunch of small cards and the dealer has a deuce up.’
    • ‘At a four-player table the dealer of each hand sits out while the other three play.’
    • ‘The game begins with the dealer flipping a card face-up in front of the person to his or her left.’
    • ‘The room was brightly lit, dealers sat at the card tables and the wheel of fortune turned.’
    • ‘The early surrender rule allows the player to throw in the hand before the dealer checks the hole card for a Blackjack.’
    • ‘The player on the left of the dealer takes the top card from his or her stack and lays at face up on the table.’
    • ‘If all pass the cards are thrown in and there is a new deal of the same number of cards by the next dealer.’
    • ‘Typically, the dealer banks the game, but in Pai Gow Poker, any player can be the banker.’