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foreign commerce

See under commerce (def 1).


[kom-ers] /ˈkɒm ərs/
an interchange of goods or commodities, especially on a large scale between different countries (foreign commerce) or between different parts of the same country (domestic commerce) trade; business.
social relations, especially the exchange of views, attitudes, etc.
sexual intercourse.
intellectual or spiritual interchange; communion.
(initial capital letter). Also called Commerce Department. Informal. the Department of Commerce.
Origin of commerce
1530-40; < Middle French < Latin commercium, equivalent to commerc(ārī) to trade together (com- com- + mercārī to buy, deal, derivative of merc-, stem of merx goods) + -ium -ium
Synonym Study
1. See trade. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for foreign commerce
Historical Examples
  • Our foreign commerce is carried on largely in foreign ships.

  • The foreign commerce of Belgium is much like that of other European states.

    Commercial Geography

    Jacques W. Redway
  • Most of the foreign commerce is in the hands of English and French merchants.

    Commercial Geography

    Jacques W. Redway
  • The foreign commerce is changing in character as manufactures develop.

    Commercial Geography

    Jacques W. Redway
  • We have interstate commerce, foreign commerce and commerce with the Indians.

    Citizenship Emma Guy Cromwell
  • foreign commerce is commerce carried on with foreign countries.

    Citizenship Emma Guy Cromwell
  • The Embargo act was passed in 1807, forbidding all foreign commerce.

  • A picture of reproduction like the above in fact has no room for foreign commerce.

  • In foreign commerce, also, some of the distances saved are tremendous.

    The Panama Canal

    Frederic Jennings Haskin
  • The ports were to be opened to foreign commerce after July 1, 1865.

British Dictionary definitions for foreign commerce


the activity embracing all forms of the purchase and sale of goods and services
social relations and exchange, esp of opinions, attitudes, etc
Word Origin
C16: from Latin commercium trade, from commercārī, from mercārī to trade, from merx merchandise
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Word Origin and History for foreign commerce



1530s, from Middle French commerce (14c.), from Latin commercium "trade, trafficking," from com- "together" (see com-) + merx (genitive mercis) "merchandise" (see market (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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