What does Commerce mean?

Definitions for Commerce
ˈkɒm ərsCom·merce

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Commerce.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. commerce, commercialism, mercantilismnoun

    transactions (sales and purchases) having the objective of supplying commodities (goods and services)

  2. Department of Commerce, Commerce Department, Commerce, DoCnoun

    the United States federal department that promotes and administers domestic and foreign trade (including management of the census and the patent office); created in 1913

  3. commercenoun

    social exchange, especially of opinions, attitudes, etc.


  1. commercenoun

    The exchange or buying and selling of commodities; especially the exchange of merchandise, on a large scale, between different places or communities; extended trade or traffic.

  2. commercenoun

    Social intercourse; the dealings of one person or class in society with another; familiarity.

  3. commercenoun

    Sexual intercourse.

  4. commercenoun

    A round game at cards, in which the cards are subject to exchange, barter, or trade.

  5. commerceverb

    To carry on trade; to traffic.

    Beware you commerce not with bankrupts. -B. Jonson.

  6. commerceverb

    To hold intercourse; to commune.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. COMMERCEnoun

    Intercourse; exchange of one thing for another; interchange of any thing; trade; traffick.

    Etymology: commercium, Latin.

    Places of publick resort being thus provided, our repair thither is especially for mutual conference, and, as it were, commerce to be had between God and us. Richard Hooker, b. v. s. 17.

    How could communities,
    Degrees in schools, and brotherhoods in cities, Peaceful commerce from dividable shores,
    But by degree stand in authentick place? William Shakespeare, Troil. and Cress.

    Instructed ships shall sail to quick commerce,
    By which remotest regions are ally’d;
    Which makes one city of the universe,
    Where some may gain, and all may be supply’d. Dryden.

    These people had not any commerce with the other known parts of the world. John Tillotson.

    In any country, that hath commerce with the rest of the world, it is almost impossible now to be without the use of silver coin. John Locke.

  2. To Commerceverb

    To hold intercourse with.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Come, but keep thy wonted state,
    With even step and musing gait,
    And looks commercing with the skies,
    Thy rapt’ soul sitting in thine eyes. John Milton.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Commercenoun

    the exchange or buying and selling of commodities; esp. the exchange of merchandise, on a large scale, between different places or communities; extended trade or traffic

  2. Commercenoun

    social intercourse; the dealings of one person or class in society with another; familiarity

  3. Commercenoun

    sexual intercourse

  4. Commercenoun

    a round game at cards, in which the cards are subject to exchange, barter, or trade

  5. Commerceverb

    to carry on trade; to traffic

  6. Commerceverb

    to hold intercourse; to commune

  7. Etymology: [Cf. F. commercer, fr. LL. commerciare.]


  1. Commerce

    Commerce is the whole system of an economy that constitutes an environment for business. The system includes legal, economic, political, social, cultural and technological systems that are in operation in any country. Thus, commerce is a system or an environment that affects the business prospects of an economy or a nation-state. It can also be defined as a component of business which includes all activities, functions and institutions involved in transferring goods from producers to consumers.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Commerce

    kom′ėrs, n. interchange of merchandise on a large scale between nations or individuals: extended trade or traffic: intercourse: fellowship.—v.i. Commerce′, to trade: to have communication with.—adj. Commer′cial, pertaining to commerce: mercantile.—n. commercial traveller.—ns. Commer′cialism; Commer′cialist; Commer′ciality.—adv. Commer′cially.—Commercial room, a room in a hotel set apart for commercial travellers; Commercial traveller, a person who transacts business as the accredited travelling representative of a trading house to other trading houses. [Fr.,—L. commerciumcom, with, merx, mercis, merchandise.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Commerce

    The interchange of goods or commodities, especially on a large scale, between different countries or between populations within the same country. It includes trade (the buying, selling, or exchanging of commodities, whether wholesale or retail) and business (the purchase and sale of goods to make a profit). (From Random House Unabridged Dictionary, 2d ed, p411, p2005 & p283)

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. commerce

    Was not much practised by the Romans. The principal objects of their water-carriage were the supply of corn, still termed annona, and the tribute and spoils of conquered countries.

Editors Contribution

  1. commerce

    The system of businesses, companies, enterprises and organizations within an economy.

    The facets of commerce are varied and very interesting.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 7, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Commerce' in Nouns Frequency: #2181

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Commerce in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Commerce in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of Commerce in a Sentence

  1. Joseph Guastella:

    This attack is an attempt to disrupt our ability to monitor the area following recent threats to international shipping and free flow of commerce.

  2. Van Dijk:

    E-commerce is the centrepoint of our development spending and our M&A.

  3. White House spokesman Josh Earnest:

    We are quite concerned about protecting freedom of navigation, the free flow of commerce in the South China Sea, and we're going to continue to encourage all parties, big and small, to resolve their differences diplomatically and to not try to use their comparative size and strength to intimidate their neighbors.

  4. Brent Bozell:

    That thinking is utterly contrary to what grassroots Republicans believe. He is reflecting the viewpoint of the chamber of commerce and the businesses.

  5. Emily Weiss:

    We'll continue to focus on delivering an engaging customer experience on our primary channel, e-commerce, at a time when beauty shopping and discovery are rapidly moving online.

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