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 Some protesters aimed lasers at officers, which can damage eyesight, and threw commercial-grade fireworks at police gathered in a parking lot. Fox News, "Police brace for more protests in Portland after another night of clashes," 9 Aug. 2020 However an official release on vinyl and CD as well as DVD/Blu-ray with commercial-grade sound and video would be a welcome upgrade - and likely a hot seller. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, "A wish list of unreleased recordings from rock legends," 4 Aug. 2020 As images circulated more widely of rioters setting fires and launching commercial-grade fireworks at officers, the optics of the standoff began to change. Nick Miroff, Washington Post, "Chad Wolf emerges as Trump’s favorite Department of Homeland Security chief," 3 Aug. 2020 Musgrove said that the kitchen has all the amenities needed for hosting, something their family does on a regular basis -- two ovens, a commercial-grade range and a massive refrigerator. Dallas News, "Peek at a transitional five-bedroom Highland Park home owned by a professional home stager," 24 July 2020 To test their device, the researchers set up shop on a pedestrian bridge about 25 meters away from a third-floor office inside a commercial building. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "How You Can Use a Light Bulb to Eavesdrop on People's Conversations," 12 June 2020 Firefighters were initially called to East Boyle Street around 6:30 p.m. for a report of a fire at a one-story commercial building. Stefanie Dazio, The Denver Post, "Fire, explosion in Los Angeles injures 10 firefighters," 16 May 2020 There is nothing unusual about converting a commercial building into a home. Ruth Bloomfield, WSJ, "From a Former Butcher Shop, a London Couple Carves Out a New Home," 8 July 2020 At the same time, commercial buildings, which accounted for an additional 22% of the city’s carbon footprint, generated 76% of their emissions from natural gas, according to the city’s Department of the Environment. J.k. Dineen, SFChronicle.com, "Woe to the home chef — gas could be banned from new San Francisco buildings," 30 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Pepsi famously pulled a commercial that featured sister Kendall Jenner handing an officer a can of soda during a fictitious protest in 2017 after it was accused of appropriating the Black Lives Matter movement. Lisa Respers France, CNN, "Cardi B defends Kylie Jenner's 'WAP' cameo, but there's history behind the anger," 10 Aug. 2020 Lawler filmed a commercial of Mr. Harris storming out of a jungle — with Lawler’s untamed backyard substituting as the African bush — and aired it on Memphis TV to instant success. Ben Sumner, Washington Post, "James Harris, who wrestled as Ugandan warrior Kamala, dies at 70," 10 Aug. 2020 Two months after Sikora’s email, a commercial was released featuring two loggers, a father and son, standing creekside in a forest and pouring a glass of crystal clear water. The Cutting, ProPublica, "What Happened When a Public Institute Became a De Facto Lobbying Arm of the Timber Industry," 7 Aug. 2020 Two months after Sikora’s email, a commercial was released featuring two loggers, a father and son, standing creekside in a forest and pouring a glass of crystal clear water. oregonlive, "What happened when a public institute became a de facto lobbying arm of the timber industry," 4 Aug. 2020 Just last year, Hallmark, owned by Crown Media Family Networks, apologized to viewers for pulling a Zola commercial that featured a lesbian wedding. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, "Lifetime’s First LGBTQ+ Christmas Movie, The Christmas Setup, Is Coming This Year," 3 Aug. 2020 How about Cook being asked by Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) to defend Apple's TV ad from 1984, ahem, a 36-year-old commercial. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "10 questions Jeff Bezos, Sundar Pichai, Mark Zuckerberg and Tim Cook should have been asked," 30 July 2020 This spring, a strangely moving commercial aired across New York State. Lila Maclellan, Quartz, "Senior care jobs need a total rebrand," 26 July 2020 But that didn’t bother him much since audiences were cracking up in the theater, especially during the Wassup scene, which was inspired by Charles Stone’s popular Budweiser commercial. Taiia Smart Young, Essence, "Happy 20th Birthday, 'Scary Movie'," 8 July 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

Time Traveler

The first known use of commercial was in 1598

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Last Updated

12 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Commercial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/commercial. Accessed 14 Aug. 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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