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Originally appearing in Volume V05, Page 854 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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CHAPMAN (from O. Eng. ceap, and Mid. Eng. ,heap, to barter, cf. " Cheapside " in London, and Ger. Kaufmann), one who buys or sells, a trader or dealer, especially an itinerant pedlar. The word " chap," now a slang term, meant originally a customer.
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