chamber of commerce


chamber of commerce

Definition of CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

:  an association of businesspeople to promote commercial and industrial interests in the community

First Known Use of CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

1723

Rhymes with CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

chamber of commerce

   (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any of various voluntary organizations of business firms, public officials, professional people, and public-spirited citizens whose primary interest is in publicizing, promoting, and developing commercial and industrial opportunities in their local area, and usually also community schools, streets, housing, and public works. The International Chamber of Commerce (founded 1920) acts as the voice of the business community in the international field and runs a court of arbitration for settling commercial disputes. National chambers of commerce exist in most industrialized, free-enterprise countries. The first to use the name was founded in Paris in 1601; the first U.S. chamber of commerce was that of the state of New York, founded in 1768.

Variants of CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

chamber of commerce or commercial association

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