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

The company makes precast concrete products, including residential and commercial septic tanks, according to its website. Sabrina Schnur, BostonGlobe.com, "Industrial accident leaves worker with serious injuries in Carver," 10 June 2019 The award-winning singer wore a long-sleeve dress to the season 16 finale, and had to cool herself down several times during the commercial breaks. Alisa Wolfson, Country Living, "Kelly Clarkson Has the Most Relatable Habit During 'The Voice' Commercial Breaks," 8 June 2019 As part of its directive to open the station for commercial use, the US space agency will support up to two private astronaut missions to the space station each year. Katia Hetter, CNN, "NASA opens space station to private astronaut missions," 7 June 2019 Right now, commercial activity is limited to science experiments. Christian Davenport, Anchorage Daily News, "NASA to allow private citizens to fly to the International Space Station," 7 June 2019 All told, these commercial activities were predicted to comprise an entirely new, multi-billion dollar market. Daniel Oberhaus, WIRED, "NASA Went to the Stock Exchange to Try to Sell the ISS," 7 June 2019 At the town hall, Warren used a commercial break to shake hands with voters around the stage and introduce herself. NBC News, "Warren wishes handcuffs for Trump, says Biden wrong on abortion," 6 June 2019 Companies controlled by her or her husband, Velimir, also owe tens of thousands in back taxes on a vacant commercial property and on rental properties, county records show. Mark Naymik, cleveland.com, "Assistant county prosecutor who chased tax cheats held fundraiser for housing court bid at tax delinquent property," 4 June 2019 Is that paper trail evidence that Philadelphia unfairly and illegally targeted the owners of commercial properties in its 2018 reassessment project while failing to reassess residential properties? Laura Mccrystal, https://www.inquirer.com, "Philly finance chief defends commercial-property reassessment as $63 million appeal trial continues," 4 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Beth Ferrier began competing in triathlons and finally became a teacher, and Barbara Bowman went on to star in thirty TV commercials, including ones for McDonald’s and Holiday Inn. * But then came Hannibal Buress. Longreads, "How the Cosby Story Finally Went Viral — And Why It Took So Long," 7 June 2019 The Postmates commercials, released today, depict Ms. Stewart in a variety of humorous kitchen situations using Postmates to order food. Michelle Ma, WSJ, "Martha Stewart, Postmates’ Newest Spokeswoman, Has Ordered Takeout Once," 22 May 2019 Watch an extended version of the commercial here: The menacing knight, The Mountain (played by Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson) makes a cameo in the ad. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Game of Thrones Just Recreated That Scene with The Mountain for a Super Bowl Ad," 4 Feb. 2019 One of the biggest upsets from Monday night’s Emmys didn’t actually have anything to do with the awards show, but rather one of the commercials that aired during the primetime program. Michelle Gant, Fox News, "Balvenie Scotch ad featuring Anthony Bourdain slammed as 'inappropriate' and 'unethical'," 18 Sep. 2018 After 2021, the residential credit will drop to zero, while the commercial and utility credit will drop to a permanent 10 percent. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Trump’s solar tariff isn’t hurting the industry as much as everyone expected," 13 Sep. 2018 Recode Media with Peter Kafka, which is delightful readings of sock commercials. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: Recode’s Peter Kafka on Too Embarrassed to Ask," 28 June 2018 The movie is based on a successful series of online Pepsi commercials, but the ads were also short films, many written and directed by NBA star Kyrie Irving. Gary Thompson, Philly.com, "'Uncle Drew': Kyrie Irving's basketball comedy has occasional bounce," 28 June 2018 The series of tweets coincide with the narrative of the new commercial. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "Creepy Burger King mascot speaks his first word thanks to Budweiser. Asks "Whassup!?"," 27 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'commercial.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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14 Jun 2019

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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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