One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in John Winthrop (1588–1649), colonial governor. From trading + house.
trading house/ˈtreɪdɪŋ haʊs/
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