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.

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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for non-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

Word Origin for commodity

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



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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non-commodity in Culture


Any product manufactured or grown.

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