Etymology
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dealer (n.)

Old English dælere "divider, distributor; agent, negotiator," agent noun from deal (v.). Meaning "player who passes out the cards in a game" is from c. 1600; meaning "one whose business is to buy and sell merchandise" is from 1610s. Meaning "purveyor of illegal drugs" is recorded by 1920.

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Definitions of dealer

dealer (n.)
someone who purchases and maintains an inventory of goods to be sold;
Synonyms: trader / bargainer / monger
dealer (n.)
a firm engaged in trading;
dealer (n.)
a seller of illicit goods;
a dealer in stolen goods
dealer (n.)
the major party to a financial transaction at a stock exchange; buys and sells for his own account;
Synonyms: principal
dealer (n.)
the person who distributes the playing cards in a card game;
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