- of, relating to, or characteristic of commerce.
- engaged in commerce.
- prepared, done, or acting with sole or chief emphasis on salability, profit, or success: a commercial product; His attitude toward the theater is very commercial.
- able to yield or make a profit: We decided that the small oil well was not commercial.
- suitable or fit for a wide, popular market: Communications satellites are gradually finding a commercial use.
- suitable for or catering to business rather than private use: commercial kitchen design; commercial refrigeration.
- (of a vehicle or its use)
- engaged in transporting passengers or goods for profit.
- civilian and public, as distinguished from military or private.
- not entirely or chemically pure: commercial soda.
- catering especially to traveling salespeople by offering reduced rates, space for exhibiting products, etc.: a commercial hotel.
- (in U.S. government grading of beef) graded between standard and utility.
- paid for by advertisers: commercial television.
- Radio and Television. a paid advertisement or promotional announcement.
- (in U.S. government grading of beef)
- a low-quality grade of beef between standard and utility.
- a cut of beef of this grade.
- British Informal. a traveling salesperson.
Origin of commercial
Related Wordsprofitable, financial, wholesale, monetary, economic, exchange, trade, trading, market, retail, commissary, merchandising, sales, supplying, mercenary, investment, fiscal, marketable, pecuniary
Examples from the Web for commercial
These days weather should never cause a commercial airliner to crash.Annoying Airport Delays Might Prevent You From Becoming the Next AirAsia 8501
January 6, 2015
Both high fashion and the fast, commercial fashion of Target are supposed to be about aspiration.One Vogue Cover Doesn’t Solve Fashion’s Big Race Problem
January 2, 2015
Then the commercial weight loss behemoths Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig joined this crowded field.Why Your New Year’s Diet Will Fail
December 30, 2014
Nor should we ever assume that weather alone, however extreme, should be fatal to a commercial flight.Did Bad Weather Bring Down AirAsia 8501?
December 29, 2014
The technology exists to keep us from ever losing a commercial airliner over open seas ever again.Red Tape and Black Boxes: Why We Keep ‘Losing’ Airliners in 2014
December 29, 2014
A commercial minister had appeared on the scene, and the shade of Hoskisson had revived.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
The spirit of competition and commercial rivalry was absent.
Nevertheless he was not very sanguine of making it a commercial success.
A commercial pursuit is one in which the thing pursued is a dollar.The Devil's Dictionary
A commercial republic is but an admirable machine for making money.Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
- of, connected with, or engaged in commerce; mercantile
- sponsored or paid for by an advertisercommercial television
- having profit as the main aimcommercial music
- (of goods, chemicals, etc) of unrefined quality or presentation and produced in bulk for use in industry
- a commercially sponsored advertisement on radio or television
Word Origin and History for commercial
"an advertisement broadcast on radio or TV," 1935, from commercial (adj.).