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

The Quiet Skies program saw armed air marshals following passengers around airports and onto commercial flights, recording their behaviors in the process. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "The TSA Is Scaling Back a Controversial Program That Monitored Everyday People," 18 Dec. 2018 For Rocket Lab, the journey to its first commercial flight took a bit longer than expected. Loren Grush, The Verge, "Small satellite launcher Rocket Lab is poised to send up its first batch of spacecraft for NASA," 12 Dec. 2018 Following successful visits to the Kingdom of Tonga and Fiji on their first royal tour together, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry returned to Sydney, Australia on a commercial flight. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Flight Fails to Land in Sydney as Another Plane Blocks the Runway," 26 Oct. 2018 Meghan recently hopped on a commercial flight to visit Mulroney in Toronto and her children were page boys in Harry and Meghan's wedding. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Reportedly Doesn't Know Who to Trust In Her Friend Group," 12 Sep. 2018 In one case, a chartered one-way flight from Seattle back to Washington in August 2017 cost $121,500, while an average commercial flight would have totaled $2,490. Amy Goldstein, Washington Post, "Former HHS secretary Tom Price’s air travel wasted $341,000 in government funds, watchdog says," 13 July 2018 In one case, a chartered one-way flight from Seattle back to Washington in August 2017 cost $121,500, while an average commercial flight would have totaled $2,490. Amy Goldstein And Mark Berman, chicagotribune.com, "Former HHS secretary Tom Price's air travel wasted $341,000 in government funds, watchdog says," 13 July 2018 In one case, a chartered one-way flight from Seattle back to Washington in August 2017 cost $121,500, while an average commercial flight would have totaled $2,490. Amy Goldstein, BostonGlobe.com, "Watchdog criticizes Tom Price on costly travel while at HHS," 13 July 2018 In that spirit of global analysis, the second AI Index report finds that commercial and research work in AI, as well as funding, is exploding pretty much everywhere on the planet. Nick Statt, The Verge, "The AI boom is happening all over the world, and it’s accelerating quickly," 12 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Kelleher appeared in a commercial with a bag over his head, offering paper bags to any Southwest passenger ashamed to be seen flying on his airline. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Herb Kelleher," 8 Jan. 2019 In 2017, the model received backlash for starring in a tone-deaf Pepsi commercial that capitalized on protest movements to sell soda. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kendall Jenner Announced She is the New Face of Proactiv, and The Internet Is Unamused," 7 Jan. 2019 Democrat Kelda Roys breastfed in a commercial for her ultimately unsuccessful bid for governor of Wisconsin. Celeste Katz, Glamour, "In a Record-Breaking Election Year for Women, Here Are the Races to Watch," 17 Sep. 2018 By 2000, the duo were co-starring in a TV commercial about a California ballot measure aimed at campaign donations. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Warren Beatty Will Serve as a Pallbearer at John McCain's Funeral," 29 Aug. 2018 In a stark illustration of Goetze's battles over the past years, electronics giant Samsung has traced his darkest moments in a commercial. Christophe Beaudufe, chicagotribune.com, "Gotze, from World Cup glory to soccer hell in four years," 13 July 2018 In a Softsoap television commercial from 1982, bars of soap from Camay, Ivory, Dial and Dove are stacked upon a royal blue sink counter and shown eroding alongside a pristine bottle of Softsoap. Tyler Watamanuk, New York Times, "When Did Soap, Once Simple, Get So Complicated?," 11 July 2018 Better keep your box of tissues handy, because the season of emotional Christmas commercials is just getting started. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "London's Heathrow Airport's New Christmas Commercial Is Here," 8 Nov. 2018 For example, those Fulani braids are repeatedly worn by all of the family, and, oh God, nobody mention Kendall’s Pepsi commercial. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Kim Kardashian Has Apologized For Those Problematic Weight Loss Comments," 4 Oct. 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 \

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

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commercially adverb

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