commercial

adjective
com·​mer·​cial | \kə-ˈmər-shəl \

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 \ noun
commercially \kə-​ˈmər-​sh(ə-​)lē \ 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

Stefano Fioravanti, a 59-year-old commercial-property developer, and his sisters are selling their Florence compound in the Bellosguardo neighborhood. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "In a Struggling Italy, Florence Homes Enjoy a New Renaissance," 28 Nov. 2018 The FinCEN directive covers only homes – not sales of commercial property, like apartment or office buildings – which is where LLCs are most common, usually for business reasons. Mike Rosenberg, The Seattle Times, "King County’s secret all-cash homebuyers must reveal true identity to law enforcement," 20 Nov. 2018 Paine Field is home to Boeing’s testing and delivery operations for widebody jets, as well as private owners of small planes, flight schools and commercial-airline maintenance. Agueda Pacheco-flores, The Seattle Times, "Alaska Airlines starts taking reservations for flights out of Everett’s Paine Field," 15 Nov. 2018 There are also microbiomes coating your skin and most household, industrial, and commercial surfaces. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, "Ahh, summer—ramlibacter season," 14 Nov. 2018 More than 10,000 of the single-aisle jets have been produced since the plane entered service in 1968, earning it a reputation as a reliable workhorse among the world’s commercial airlines. Barbara Peterson, Condé Nast Traveler, "The FAA, Boeing Issue Alerts for 737 Max 8 Planes After Lion Air Crash," 9 Nov. 2018 On the runways for the past 18 months, brands have made a habit of resurrecting archive items to commercial and Instagram success. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Marc Jacobs’s Grunge Collection for Perry Ellis Is Back! See Every Look," 7 Nov. 2018 Established with an international treaty in 1944, the nine aviation freedoms lay out what commercial airlines can and can’t do throughout the world. Scott Mccartney, WSJ, "A Low-Fare Loophole for International Travelers," 31 Oct. 2018 Granted, it’s commercial and sappy and soft lighting, soft music. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Silicon Valley’s Saudi money crisis illustrates a decline of ‘moral leadership’ in America," 19 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Meanwhile, Cuarón and his older brother Carlos — with whom he co-wrote the screenplay — take advantage of their scoundrel antihero’s job and proclivities to riff on TV commercials, and to document yuppie life in early 1990s Mexico. Noel Murray, The Verge, "The first film by Roma director Alfonso Cuarón is streaming on Netflix," 23 Nov. 2018 If this means that star players at certain schools get gigs to be in commercials for a big donor’s car lot, so be it. Mike Finger, San Antonio Express-News, "NCAA still dodging fundamental question," 2 May 2018 Tootsie Pop There are many food and drink references in Ready Player One, including a joke, made by I-R0K (T.J. Miller) about the owl in the commercial for the Tootsie Pop, which debuted in the 1960s, before most of the other references in the film. Time, "A Handy Guide to the References and Easter Eggs in Ready Player One," 30 Mar. 2018 Fast-forward a few months later, and Josh — now dating Brittany — Jeremy (Briana's boyfriend) told the sisters that they had been tapped to film a commercial for a property in Twin Lakes, Virginia. Jackie Frere, Redbook, "These Identical Brothers Proposed to Identical Twin Sisters on the Same Day," 20 Feb. 2018 Dodge aired a commercial for its Ram truck series during Sunday's Super Bowl featuring a portion of a sermon from the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. that has drawn a backlash on social media. AL.com, "Dow plunges, Trump hits Dems, another CEO gone in business news," 6 Feb. 2018 An old commercial for UN Women has resurfaced, unveiling another part of Meghan Markle's long-running work as an advocate for women's rights. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "This UN Women Ad Starring Meghan Markle Proves She's Always Been a Champion For Equality," 9 Aug. 2018 Last December, Stranger Things star David Harbour said in an interview that the show likely wouldn’t return for its third season until sometime in 2019, and a recent faux commercial for a new mall in Hawkins hinted at a summer 2019 release. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Netflix says that season 3 of Stranger Things ‘will be worth the wait’," 29 July 2018 One can almost see the TV commercials for attorney Jim Adler, the Texas Hammer, dumping his push for victims of big rig truck accidents and moving over to electric push scooter injuries and deaths with the Q1 Hummer or QPower models. Ed Wallace, star-telegram, "Promises, Promises," 22 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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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 \

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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