[ 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.

  1. Stock Exchange. any unprocessed or partially processed good, as grain, fruits, and vegetables, or precious metals.

  2. Obsolete. a quantity of goods.

Origin of commodity

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English commodite, from Anglo-French, from Latin commoditās “timeliness, convenience,” equivalent to commod(us) (see commode) + -itās -ity

Other words from commodity

  • non·com·mod·i·ty, adjective, noun, plural non·com·mod·i·ties.

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British Dictionary definitions for commodity


/ (kəˈmɒdɪtɪ) /

nounplural -ties
  1. an article of commerce

  2. something of use, advantage, or profit

  1. economics an exchangeable unit of economic wealth, esp a primary product or raw material

  2. obsolete

    • a quantity of goods

    • convenience or expediency

Origin of commodity

C14: from Old French commodité, from Latin commoditās suitability, benefit; see commodious

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Cultural definitions for commodity


Any product manufactured or grown.

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