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commodity

[kuh-mod-i-tee]
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noun, plural com·mod·i·ties.
  1. an article of trade or commerce, especially a product as distinguished from a service.
  2. something of use, advantage, or value.
  3. Stock Exchange. any unprocessed or partially processed good, as grain, fruits, and vegetables, or precious metals.
  4. Obsolete. a quantity of goods.
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Origin of commodity

1375–1425; late Middle English commodite < Anglo-French < Latin commoditās timeliness, convenience, equivalent to commod(us) (see commode) + -itās -ity
Related formsnon·com·mod·i·ty, adjective, noun, plural non·com·mod·i·ties.
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Examples from the Web for commodities

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  • That this brings about a superabundance of all commodities, we care but little.

    Freeland

    Theodor Hertzka

  • The Commodities they bring to the Colony, if there is a Demand for them.

    The History of Louisiana

    Le Page Du Pratz

  • Commodities which Louisiana may furnish in return for those of Europe.

    The History of Louisiana

    Le Page Du Pratz

  • Of the Commodities which that Province may furnish in return for those of Europe.

    The History of Louisiana

    Le Page Du Pratz

  • The Commodities which the Spaniards bring to Louisiana, if there is a demand for them.

    The History of Louisiana

    Le Page Du Pratz


British Dictionary definitions for commodities

commodity

noun plural -ties
  1. an article of commerce
  2. something of use, advantage, or profit
  3. economics an exchangeable unit of economic wealth, esp a primary product or raw material
  4. obsolete
    1. a quantity of goods
    2. convenience or expediency
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Word Origin

C14: from Old French commodité, from Latin commoditās suitability, benefit; see commodious
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Word Origin and History for commodities

commodity

n.

early 15c., "benefit, profit, welfare;" later "a convenient or useful product," from Middle French commodité "benefit, profit," from Latin commoditatem (nominative commoditas) "fitness, adaptation, convenience, advantage," from commodus "suitable, convenient" (see commode). General sense "property possession" is from c.1500.

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commodities in Culture

commodity

Any product manufactured or grown.

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