or dot·com



a company doing business mostly or solely on the Internet.


of or relating to such a company or to the business it conducts.

Origin of dot-com

1995–2000; from the pronunciation of .com, suffix of domain name in most commercial Internet addresses
Related formsdot-com·mer, dot-com·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

dot-coms in Culture


Colloquial name given to start-up companies that sell goods and services over the Internet. Dot-coms proliferated in the 1990s, but many failed by early 2000. The name comes from the “.com” ending of the Internet address of such companies.


See .com.

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