Definition of trading house in US English:

trading house

noun

  • 1Especially in North America: a building in which trade or barter, especially between settlers or traders and indigenous peoples, takes place; compare "trading post". Now historical.

  • 2A firm that specializes in buying and selling merchandise, especially internationally; a company that imports and exports goods, or facilitates this process.

Origin

Mid 17th century; earliest use found in John Winthrop (1588–1649), colonial governor. From trading + house.

Pronunciation

trading house

/ˈtreɪdɪŋ haʊs/