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

Ogasawara did acknowledge that Japan is coming to the commercial satellite launch market at a difficult time. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Entering a crowded market, Japan’s new rocket scores an early win," 21 Dec. 2018 Just a month after pulling off its first commercial launch to orbit, small satellite launcher Rocket Lab is ready to put tiny probes into space again. Loren Grush, The Verge, "Small satellite launcher Rocket Lab is poised to send up its first batch of spacecraft for NASA," 12 Dec. 2018 Now the stats on commercial space launches are reversed. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "How American Space Launch Left Europe in the Dust," 18 Oct. 2018 The first commercial launch has not been scheduled but is expected to come from the company’s New Zealand launch pad. Marco Santana, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Cape Canaveral one of four options for Rocket Lab launch pad," 11 July 2018 MHI’s efforts to attract more commercial business for its new rocket come at a challenging time. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Quietly, Japan has established itself as a power in the aerospace industry," 15 Nov. 2018 Those landings came to an end in 2011, though, but now, seven years later, that runway is open for commercial business. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Cape Canaveral Can Now Launch Commercial Spaceplanes," 9 Nov. 2018 Speaking of fake news, Geoffrey Fowler got taken in by a video that showed a commercial plane appearing to do a barrel roll during landing: The photorealism of Tsirbas’s clip played a big role in making the fake story go viral. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Facebook hired a new public defender, and he should start with WhatsApp," 20 Oct. 2018 Ideal for both homes and commercial spaces, the rich color, which brings to mind the beauty of nature (think beaches, canyons, and deserts), works beautifully with neutrals. Monique Valeris, ELLE Decor, "Sherwin-Williams Reveals Its 2019 Color of the Year—And It's Gorgeous," 12 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Even though all eyes were on the football field at last night's Super Bowl game, Cardi B's opulent manicure in her Pepsi commercial still caught (and kept) our attention. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Cardi B Wore Hundreds of Swarovski Crystals on Her Nails for Her Super Bowl Commercial," 4 Feb. 2019 One of those companies is Amazon: its holiday commercial, starring an array of smiling boxes and rushed customers who are trying to finish their shopping, tries for all the quaintness of a Folgers ad. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "Amazon’s holiday commercial remixed with Captain America’s score is like a Black Mirror episode," 26 Nov. 2018 Even advertisers have had fun with our absence, with Volkswagen running commercials with various international fans offering to give Americans a temporary home team. Tara Sullivan, BostonGlobe.com, "For the future of US men’s soccer, now comes the hard part," 24 June 2018 The company bought its first-ever Super Bowl commercial in February. San Francisco Chronicle, "Headphones maker Monster plans $300 million cryptocurrency offering," 30 May 2018 Okerlund filmed the commercial with the wildly popular Hart. Justin Barrasso, SI.com, "Week in Wrestling: Bully Ray’s Throwback Character; Carmella on Her SmackDown Women’s Title," 16 May 2018 Lil' Penny, a tiny doll version of former Magic star Penny Hardaway (voiced by comedian Chris Rock), became famous in the mid-1990s while appearing in Nike commercials with Hardaway. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "Orlando Magic turning to Lil' Penny for good luck at NBA draft lottery," 15 May 2018 Sherwin Williams put him in a commercial with Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Vincent van Gogh and Andy Warhol. Vincent Crampton, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Explore Florida's Orange County: Woodlawn Memorial Park’s happy little plot," 6 May 2018 The programs and live events will have commercials, with American Express signing on as a launch sponsor and offering trial subscriptions to its card members, but there will be no pre-rolls or banner ads. Stephen Battaglio, latimes.com, "ESPN is looking for a win with its new streaming service. Here's what it will include," 12 Apr. 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 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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