commercial

adjective
com·​mer·​cial | \ kə-ˈmər-shəl How to pronounce commercial (audio) \

Definition of commercial

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a(1) : occupied with or engaged in commerce or work intended for commerce a commercial artist
(2) : of or relating to commerce commercial regulations commercial services
(3) : characteristic of commerce commercial weights
(4) : suitable, adequate, or prepared for commerce found oil in commercial quantities
b(1) : being of an average or inferior quality commercial oxalic acid show-quality versus commercial cattle
(2) : producing artistic work of low standards for quick market success
2a : viewed with regard to profit a commercial success of no commercial value
b : designed for a large market commercial coffee production
3 : emphasizing skills and subjects useful in business a commercial school
4 : supported by advertisers commercial TV

commercial

noun

Definition of commercial (Entry 2 of 2)

: an advertisement on radio or television

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Other Words from commercial

Adjective

commerciality \ kə-​ˌmər-​shē-​ˈa-​lə-​tē How to pronounce commerciality (audio) \ noun
commercially \ kə-​ˈmər-​sh(ə-​)lē How to pronounce commercially (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for commercial

Synonyms: Adjective

corporate, marketable, mass-market, salable (or saleable)

Antonyms: Adjective

noncommercial, nonsalable, uncommercial, unmarketable, unsalable

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Examples of commercial in a Sentence

Adjective

Their music is too commercial. The average American sees and hears thousands of commercial messages each day.

Noun

a commercial for a new kind of soap
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

From large-scale commercial projects to budget-friendly home renos, Britany has done it all. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Best Room Wins Episode Two Steps Up to the Challenge of Contemporary," 9 May 2019 In between Budweiser bits and a Cardi B for Pepsi spot, The Washington Post ran a minute-long commercial on Super Bowl Sunday with a powerful tagline praising journalism: Democracy Dies in Darkness. Rose Minutaglio, Town & Country, "Washington Post Staffers Weren't Afraid to Call Out Jeff Bezos on the Paper's Pricey Super Bowl Ad," 4 Feb. 2019 After the segment ended, the show cut to a commercial for Pacific Life, a life insurance company — and Carlson’s critics pushed the company on Twitter to condemn what Carlson said. German Lopez, Vox, "Tucker Carlson suggested immigration makes America “dirtier.” It cost him an advertiser.," 17 Dec. 2018 The commercial features Luis Bracamontes, a Mexican citizen who entered the U.S. illegally and was found guilty earlier this year of killing two sheriff’s deputies in 2014. Rebecca Ballhaus, WSJ, "Trump, Obama Make Final Pitches on Eve of Midterm Elections," 5 Nov. 2018 Kemp, Georgia’s Republican secretary of state, aired the commercial on local stations. Brooke Singman, Fox News, "Georgia candidate Kemp triggers uproar with shotgun ad," 2 Oct. 2018 The agency also uses commercial flights but requires that migrants to pay for those. Colleen Long, The Seattle Times, "Trump ‘strongly looking’ at releasing migrants in Dem cities," 13 Apr. 2019 Prince Harry commenced a three-day trip to Morocco on Saturday, traveling into Casablanca Airport on a commercial flight. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Arrives in Morocco Wearing the Most Stunning Valentino Cape Dress," 23 Feb. 2019 The home was built in 1973 by Joseph H. Young, great-grandson of Salt Lake City founder Brigham Young and an architect of many church houses, residences, and commercial buildings. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Groovy ’70s time capsule with views galore asks $1M," 1 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

At the time, the FCC had strict limits on the amount of animation or special effects that could be used in a toy commercial: seven seconds. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "Yo, Joe: How a 12-Inch Soldier Doll Became a Toy Legend," 9 Apr. 2019 Snippets of their stories are included in a two-minute commercial by MassMutual, an insurance and financial services company. Scott Travis, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Boca High's message of inclusion reaches Olympic-size audience," 13 Feb. 2018 Joe was no longer limited to 30-second animated commercials—the franchise could have its own cartoon. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "Yo, Joe: How a 12-Inch Soldier Doll Became a Toy Legend," 9 Apr. 2019 Although Sunday's ad marked Cardi's first Super Bowl commercial with Pepsi, this is actually Cardi's second ad for the big game commercial in the past two years. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Cardi B Wore Hundreds of Swarovski Crystals on Her Nails for Her Super Bowl Commercial," 4 Feb. 2019 That Balvenie commercial was in the POOREST of taste. Michelle Gant, Fox News, "Balvenie Scotch ad featuring Anthony Bourdain slammed as 'inappropriate' and 'unethical'," 18 Sep. 2018 The video starts with inspirational quote-style narration that beauty fans will recognize from commercials' past. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Revlon Introduced Its New Volumazing Mascara With a Music Video Featuring Professional Dancers," 18 July 2018 It’s taken most of a century, but outstanding examples of fashion photography are being celebrated as an art form, not just a creative commercial enterprise. Valli Herman, latimes.com, "Two L.A. photo exhibitions take a deep dive into standout fashion moments of the times," 21 June 2018 In the off time, the site would be open for other productions including dance, eGaming video game competitions, commercials, and independent film projects, Jason Simmons said. Deborah Sullivan Brennan, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Could San Marcos become a center of film production for San Diego?," 30 June 2018

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First Known Use of commercial

Adjective

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

Noun

1935, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for commercial

Adjective

see commerce entry 1

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The first known use of commercial was in 1598

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More Definitions for commercial

commercial

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of commercial

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: related to or used in the buying and selling of goods and services
: concerned with earning money
: relating to or based on the amount of profit that something earns

commercial

noun

English Language Learners Definition of commercial (Entry 2 of 2)

: an advertisement on radio or television

commercial

noun
com·​mer·​cial | \ kə-ˈmər-shəl How to pronounce commercial (audio) \

Kids Definition of commercial

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an advertisement broadcast on radio or television

commercial

adjective

Kids Definition of commercial (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : having to do with the buying and selling of goods and services
2 : used to earn a profit a commercial jet

Other Words from commercial

commercially adverb

commercial

adjective
com·​mer·​cial

Legal Definition of commercial

: of or relating to commerce commercial regulations

Other Words from commercial

commercially adverb

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