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dot-com

or dot·com

[dot-kom]
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noun
  1. a company doing business mostly or solely on the Internet.
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adjective
  1. of or relating to such a company or to the business it conducts.
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Origin of dot-com

1995–2000; from the pronunciation of .com, suffix of domain name in most commercial Internet addresses
Related formsdot-com·mer, dot-com·er, noun
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dot-coms in Culture

dot-coms

Colloquial name given to start-up companies that sell goods and services over the Internet. Dot-coms proliferated in the 1990s, but many failed by early 2000. The name comes from the “.com” ending of the Internet address of such companies.

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dot-com

See .com.

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