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commodity

[kuh-mod-i-tee]
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noun, plural com·mod·i·ties.
  1. an article of trade or commerce, especially a product as distinguished from a service.
  2. something of use, advantage, or value.
  3. Stock Exchange. any unprocessed or partially processed good, as grain, fruits, and vegetables, or precious metals.
  4. Obsolete. a quantity of goods.

Origin of commodity

1375–1425; late Middle English commodite < Anglo-French < Latin commoditās timeliness, convenience, equivalent to commod(us) (see commode) + -itās -ity
Related formsnon·com·mod·i·ty, adjective, noun, plural non·com·mod·i·ties.
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Examples from the Web for commodity

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Historical Examples

  • He had also a trick to mingle his commodity, that that which was bad might go off with the least mistrust.

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    James Anthony Froude

  • He gets rest, commodity, and reputation; but he shuts the door of truth.

    Essays, First Series

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • Here at Athens there is a dearth of the commodity, and all wisdom seems to have emigrated from us to you.

    Meno

    Plato

  • A cent is the representative of a certain quantity of corn or other commodity.

    Essays, Second Series

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • Thus the use of commodity, regarded by itself, is mean and squalid.

    Nature

    Ralph Waldo Emerson


British Dictionary definitions for commodity

commodity

noun plural -ties
  1. an article of commerce
  2. something of use, advantage, or profit
  3. economics an exchangeable unit of economic wealth, esp a primary product or raw material
  4. obsolete
    1. a quantity of goods
    2. convenience or expediency

Word Origin

C14: from Old French commodité, from Latin commoditās suitability, benefit; see commodious
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Word Origin and History for commodity

n.

early 15c., "benefit, profit, welfare;" later "a convenient or useful product," from Middle French commodité "benefit, profit," from Latin commoditatem (nominative commoditas) "fitness, adaptation, convenience, advantage," from commodus "suitable, convenient" (see commode). General sense "property possession" is from c.1500.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

commodity in Culture

commodity

Any product manufactured or grown.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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