[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. commentariat,
  2. commentary,
  3. commentate,
  4. commentative,
  5. commentator,
  6. commerce city,
  7. commercial,
  8. commercial agency,
  9. commercial art,
  10. commercial attaché

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.


[ kom-ers ]
/ ˈkɒm ərs /


a town in SW California. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for commerce


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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 for commerce

C16: from Latin commercium trade, from commercārī, from mercārī to trade, from merx merchandise

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Word Origin and History for commerce



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

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