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 crash killed three airmen stationed at Mountain Home Air Force Base and a commercial-truck driver from New York state. John Sowell, idahostatesman, "Contractor herding traffic near fiery I-84 crash had safety plan. Here's what it said," 29 June 2018 Car-free and vibrant, Pearl Street Mall is the 40-year-old, four-block promenade that serves as the city's commercial and social hub. Melanie D.g. Kaplan, chicagotribune.com, "Boulder, Colorado, does things its own way," 12 July 2018 The new roadway, which will separate commercial and passenger vehicle traffic, will open in early 2019. Ely Portillo, charlotteobserver, "Charlotte’s airport manages ‘tricky balance’ between low-cost hub and fancy new gates," 12 July 2018 Relativity, which intends to 3-D print both its rocket engines and the boosters themselves, hopes to win both commercial and military contracts. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Japanese rocket blows up, NASA chief ponders purpose of SLS," 6 July 2018 The bill has bipartisan support in the Pacific Northwest, where commercial and recreational fishing pumps billions of dollars each year into regional economies, and fish numbers have been on a dramatic decline. Ryan Sabalow, sacbee, "To protect salmon in the Columbia, will we have to kill more sea lions?," 6 July 2018 Get our daily newsletter The scheme has its origins in 1940, when Franklin D. Roosevelt appointed Nelson Rockefeller to be the first coordinator of commercial and cultural affairs. The Economist, "America’s amateur diplomats," 5 July 2018 The company serves approximately 5,000 residential, commercial and institutional customers within the Bel Air town limits and in some areas of Forest Hill and Fallston. Allan Vought, The Aegis, "Concerned over reaction to water rate increase request, Bel Air officials take proactive approach," 3 July 2018 Ali Fazeli, head of Iran’s Chamber of Guilds, downplayed the political protests, saying the problem was commercial. Aresu Eqbali, WSJ, "New Protests in Tehran Pose Fresh Challenge to Iran’s Rulers," 25 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The pair haven't given up their day jobs, though — Benavente is a full-time volunteer in the aid sector and Micolon is a commercial pilot. NBC News, "Two pilots spend savings on plane to rescue migrants in Mediterranean Sea," 20 May 2018 Sitting next to someone who’s watching a perpetual commercial is about as enjoyable as Chinese water torture, but without the side benefit of a free bath. James Breakwell, Indianapolis Star, "Xploding Unicorn: Watching my kids watch other kids do nothing," 26 Apr. 2018 Shalane Flanagan stars in a Nike commercial timed for the Boston Marathon. Ken Goe, OregonLive.com, "Alberto Salazar dishes on Galen Rupp, Jordan Hasay as Boston looms: Oregon track & field rundown," 10 Apr. 2018 Raise your hand if you’ve ever felt personally victimized by a shampoo commercial. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Marcus Francis on Why Shampoo Commercials Are a Lie," 5 Apr. 2018 So with less than a month to go until the special election, Lamb responded in kind with a TV commercial of his own, emphatically distancing himself from Pelosi. Chris Smith, The Hive, "“I Just Wish You Were Not with Pelosi”: The War to Oust Pelosi Is Already Raging . . . on the Left," 30 Mar. 2018 That should mean the company won’t have to edit its ads in future to avoid these types of weird iOS 11 bugs that are common enough to make it into a TV commercial. Tom Warren, The Verge, "Apple fixes its buggy iPhone X ad," 23 Mar. 2018 From her campaign to change a sexist commercial at just 11-years-old to her recent statements in support of #MeToo and Time's Up, Meghan Markle has been consistent in speaking up for women's rights. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Will Meghan Markle Promise to “Obey” Prince Harry in Her Wedding Vows?," 7 Mar. 2018 Unlike all the others in this canon, Southland Tales was neither a commercial nor a critical darling out of the gate. Jonny Coleman, Los Angeles Magazine, "This Maligned 2006 Movie About Dystopian L.A. Is Too Real at This Point," 13 Feb. 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

Other Words from commercial

commercially adverb

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