[syn: principal, dealer]
5. the person who distributes the playing cards in a card game;
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Dealer \Deal"er\, n.
1. One who deals; one who has to do, or has concern, with
others; esp., a trader, a trafficker, a shopkeeper, a
broker, or a merchant; as, a dealer in dry goods; a dealer
in stocks; a retail dealer.
2. One who distributes cards to the players.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: someone who purchases and maintains an inventory of goods
to be sold [syn: trader, bargainer, dealer, monger]
2: a firm engaged in trading
3: a seller of illicit goods; "a dealer in stolen goods"
4: the major party to a financial transaction at a stock
exchange; buys and sells for his own account [syn:
5: the person who distributes the playing cards in a card game
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
51 Moby Thesaurus words for "dealer":
Mafioso, Wall Streeter, agent, black marketeer, bond crowd,
bootlegger, broker, businessman, businesswoman, chandler,
curb broker, distributor, drug pusher, floor broker, floor trader,
floorman, gray marketeer, importer, jobber, marketer, merchandiser,
merchant, middleman, monger, moonshiner, odd-lot dealer, pit man,
pusher, racketeer, registered representative, regrater,
retail dealer, retail merchant, retailer, salesman, sharebroker,
shopkeeper, specialist, stock dealer, stock-exchange broker,
stockbroker, stockjobber, storekeeper, supplier, trader, tradesman,
tradeswoman, trafficker, two-dollar broker, vendor, wholesaler