Common Market

  1. Official name European Economic Community. an economic association established in 1958 and originally composed of Belgium, France, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and West Germany, created chiefly to abolish barriers to free trade among member nations and to adopt common import duties on goods from other countries: the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, and Denmark joined in 1973, Greece joined in 1981, and Spain and Portugal joined in 1986. Abbreviation: CM

  2. (sometimes lowercase) any economic association of nations created for a similar purpose.

Origin of Common Market

First recorded in 1950–55

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British Dictionary definitions for Common Market

Common Market

  1. the Common Market obsolete an informal name for European Economic Community

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