e-com·​merce ˈē-ˌkä-(ˌ)mərs How to pronounce e-commerce (audio)
often attributive
: commerce conducted via the Internet

Examples of e-commerce in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The e-commerce giant’s new headquarters would be nestled near the Pentagon, and a new Virginia Tech graduate engineering campus — another key to winning the company over — would be built in Potomac Yard. Teo Armus, Washington Post, 9 Feb. 2024 Alibaba shares fell over 6% in Hong Kong trading after the e-commerce company reported disappointing revenue for the last quarter of 2023. Alan Murray, Fortune, 8 Feb. 2024 Our mission revolves around establishing a robust Direct-to-Consumer (DTC) and Business-To-Business (B2B) network, leveraging the vast potential of e-commerce across various industries, such as manufacturing, distribution, and product sales. Kansas City Star, 8 Feb. 2024 Her latest endeavor is serving as the behind-the-scenes creative director on her dad’s upcoming Super Bowl commercial with Squarespace, a brand that offers website building and e-commerce tools for entrepreneurs. Jen Juneau, Peoplemag, 8 Feb. 2024 In March, the e-commerce giant announced plans to transform itself into a holding company and pursue IPOs for its six divisions, like logistics service Cainiao. Lionel Lim, Fortune Asia, 8 Feb. 2024 It was split into six separate units, including cloud, e-commerce, logistics, media and entertainment — each overseen by its own CEO and board directors, and most of them with a mandate to pursue separate listings or fundraisings. Juliana Liu, CNN, 8 Feb. 2024 Davis spent years programming bots to attack e-commerce sites to buy up mass numbers of limited-edition athletic shoes. Ash-Har Quraishi, CBS News, 8 Feb. 2024 Alibaba has struggled to sustain its growth and faces increasing competition in the e-commerce sector from rivals such as Pinduoduo and ByteDance, which operates TikTok and Douyin. Zen Soo, Quartz, 7 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1993, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of e-commerce was in 1993

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“E-commerce.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/e-commerce. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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