- an article of trade or commerce, especially a product as distinguished from a service.
- something of use, advantage, or value.
- Stock Exchange. any unprocessed or partially processed good, as grain, fruits, and vegetables, or precious metals.
- Obsolete. a quantity of goods.
Origin of commodity
Examples from the Web for commodities
How did we reach the stage where female bodies are treated as commodities?Nicole Kidman Botox Insanity: Why All Women Lose Out When We Obsess Over Stars’ Faces
May 25, 2014
But most destructively, it distorts that most precious of all commodities for a patient with a disease: hope.The ‘HIV-Cured Baby’ Distorts Hope
March 7, 2014
Given that he will soon speculate his remaining money on the commodities market, this downward trajectory does not bode well.One Perfect Summer Day in Virginia Woolf, Saul Bellow and Others
September 25, 2013
And that move would be hugely consequential for markets, influencing the price of bonds, stocks, commodities, and gold.Today’s Unemployment Report Is an S.O.S. to the Fed
September 6, 2013
The Fed announced QE3 on September 13 and, initially, commodities gained smartly.So About That QE3 Driven Inflation...
September 21, 2012
That this brings about a superabundance of all commodities, we care but little.Freeland
The Commodities they bring to the Colony, if there is a Demand for them.
Commodities which Louisiana may furnish in return for those of Europe.
Of the Commodities which that Province may furnish in return for those of Europe.
The Commodities which the Spaniards bring to Louisiana, if there is a demand for them.
- an article of commerce
- something of use, advantage, or profit
- economics an exchangeable unit of economic wealth, esp a primary product or raw material
- a quantity of goods
- convenience or expediency
Word Origin and History for commodities
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.
Any product manufactured or grown.