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


plural commercials

Definition of commercial (Entry 2 of 2)

: an advertisement included with another broadcast (as on radio, television, or a podcast)

Other Words from commercial


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

Synonyms & Antonyms for commercial

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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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
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Death toll rises to 26 in China building collapse: The death toll jumped Thursday to 26 in the collapse last week of a residential and commercial building in central China, state media reported. Washington Post, 5 May 2022 Developers have turned some of this land, like in Hilton Head, South Carolina, into incredibly expensive residential and commercial properties. Dania Francis, The New Republic, 5 May 2022 Although their efforts came too late to capture any commercial success, the solution was proven and has been made available to researchers around the world. Benjamin Laker, Forbes, 3 May 2022 Currently, the average potable water use across the MWD’s service area — including residential, commercial and industrial water use — amounts to 125 gallons per person per day. Los Angeles Times, 3 May 2022 While Wallen’s commercial success continues undaunted, reactions from Nashville executives and artists remains mixed. Billboard Staff, Billboard, 29 Apr. 2022 Careers are thus riding on the movie -- which became a huge commercial success in addition to winning the Oscar for best picture -- with everyone in danger of being fired in seemingly every episode. Brian Lowry, CNN, 28 Apr. 2022 Kisses experienced plenty of commercial success, landing at number four on Billboard’s Latin Pop Albums chart and scoring a Latin Grammy nomination for Best Urban Music Album. Julyssa Lopez, Rolling Stone, 12 Apr. 2022 Bridget Jones's Diary was a commercial success and earned the actress her first Oscar nomination in 2002. Shafiq Najib,, 12 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Meanwhile, DoorDash created a commercial with Twitch featuring Anthony Kongphan, a popular Twitch creator. Brian Steinberg, Variety, 2 May 2022 This commercial is Cuellar’s first one that is unique to his runoff campaign. NBC News, 26 Apr. 2022 Peyton Manning, soccer star Alex Morgan, NBA player Jimmy Butler, WNBA star Nneka Ogwumike and Serena Williams are no strangers to competition in this beer commercial. People Staff,, 14 Feb. 2022 What was your favorite part of working on this commercial with Miley and T-Mobile? Jessica Nicholson, Billboard, 11 Feb. 2022 Squarespace dares to ask in this minute-long commercial. Amanda Kondolojy,, 10 Feb. 2022 Paramount dropped this buzzy extended commercial during this past weekend’s playoff games. Scott Mendelson, Forbes, 31 Jan. 2022 Show this commercial to your kids to prove that yes, Santa, in fact, does exist. Jennifer Aldrich, Better Homes & Gardens, 17 Dec. 2021 In this sketch commercial, Majors, Thompson, Ego Nwodim and Chris Redd rap about all the bones available in their new pet store. Megan Thomas, CNN, 14 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of commercial


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


1935, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for commercial


see commerce entry 1

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The first known use of commercial was in 1598

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commercia belli


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9 May 2022

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“Commercial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for commercial


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



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



Legal Definition of commercial

: of or relating to commerce commercial regulations

Other Words from commercial

commercially adverb

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