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
plural commercials

Definition of commercial (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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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

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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Ascendant Commercial is an eight-year-old commercial property firm with multiple industrial developments in North Texas. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "Huge South Fort Worth business park is coming with three buildings," 19 Feb. 2020 The ads that aired during the commercial breaks were more revealing. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "What New Hampshire Voters Are Watching," 11 Feb. 2020 With the Yenisei and the smaller Irtysh, the Russian rocket industry could use the same factories, machinery, and workers to pump out boosters for commercial, military, and scientific missions, spreading cost across the entire rocket family. Anatoly Zak, Popular Mechanics, "Everything You Need To Know About Russia’s (Possibly Fictional) Super Heavy Rocket," 3 Feb. 2020 Some in the crowd spent commercial breaks outside, taking drags from cigarettes, or for Caverly, rattling off 49ers facts to a sports-clueless reporter. Evan Sernoffsky, SFChronicle.com, "Fans going wild over Super Bowl all over the Bay Area," 2 Feb. 2020 Fox, last May, announced plans to eliminate one commercial break per quarter from Super Bowl LIV. Chris Morris, Fortune, "How to watch Super Bowl LIV live online for free—without cable," 2 Feb. 2020 Any ad exec who can’t get his commercial mentioned in the countless pre-game rundowns will be looking for another job on Monday. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Time again to remember that there’s been only one great Super Bowl ad (Apple, 1984)," 29 Jan. 2020 Scott Archer is a managing partner at Barclay Group, a commercial real estate firm with an office in Phoenix. Ebony Day, azcentral, "Head of CorePower Yoga fitness chain purchases Scottsdale estate for $5.4M," 27 Jan. 2020 During a commercial break, see who in the family can be the first to guess what the ad is trying to sell. Meghan Herbst, Wired, "How to Raise Media-Savvy Kids in the Digital Age," 27 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Founded in 1991 as a digital brokerage startup, E-Trade has been a leading force in the industry for decades, while enjoying household recognition thanks to its goofy commercials. Taylor Telford, Anchorage Daily News, "Morgan Stanley buys E-Trade in $13 billion shakeup to brokerage market," 20 Feb. 2020 Brad Parscale, Trump's campaign manager, said the president got a better rate than Michael Bloomberg for his Super Bowl commercial. John Gage, Washington Examiner, "Trump campaign head claims the president got 'heck of a lot better deal than Bloomberg' on Super Bowl ad," 4 Feb. 2020 Your 90 second commercial about gut-wrenching, life altering loss was just what the doctor ordered. oregonlive, "People are mad at Google for making them cry during Super Bowl 2020," 3 Feb. 2020 Momoa is among the A-list names like Chris Evans, Missy Elliott, Chis Rock and Bryan Cranston that are starring in their very own Super Bowl commercials. Omar Sanchez, EW.com, "Jason Momoa is secretly a skinny legend in new Super Bowl commercial," 3 Feb. 2020 Avocados from Mexico has a storied history of featuring celebrities in its Super Bowl commercials. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Super Bowl Commercials 2020: The Best Celebrity Appearances," 2 Feb. 2020 For the past year, Hulu + Live TV had focused heavily on promoting sports in its commercials, with a campaign that featured basketball stars such as the Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid and the Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo. Suzanne Vranica, WSJ, "Tom Brady in Super Bowl 2020 Ad for Hulu: ‘I Am Not Going Anywhere’," 2 Feb. 2020 The company just released its Super Bowl commercial featuring Sixteen Candles actress Molly Ringwald, who sells avocado-themed items on a fake avocado shopping network. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, "Are you all in on avocado? Rare avocado-themed restaurant opens in Dallas on Thursday," 29 Jan. 2020 The Trump administration will restrict visas for pregnant women, Kotex ditches the mystery blue liquid in its commercials, and Goldman sets a quota. Fortune, "Goldman Sachs introduces its own gender quota for IPOs," 24 Jan. 2020

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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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Time Traveler for commercial

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The first known use of commercial was in 1598

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Last Updated

22 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Commercial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/commercial. Accessed 29 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for commercial

commercial

adjective
How to pronounce commercial (audio)

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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