[ kuh-mur-shuh l ]
/ kəˈmɜr ʃəl /



Nearby words

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

Origin of commercial

First recorded in 1680–90; commerce + -ial

Related forms

Synonym study

1. Commercial, mercantile refer to the activities of business, industry, and trade. Commercial is the broader term, covering all the activities and relationships of industry and trade. In a derogatory sense it may mean such a preoccupation with the affairs of commerce as results in indifference to considerations other than wealth: commercial treaties; a merely commercial viewpoint. Mercantile applies to the purchase and sale of goods, or to the transactions of business: a mercantile house or class. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for commercial

British Dictionary definitions for commercial


/ (kəˈmɜːʃəl) /


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
Derived Formscommerciality (kəˌmɜːʃɪˈælɪtɪ), nouncommercially, adverb

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Word Origin and History for commercial
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