Check out new words added to


[kuh-mod-i-tee] /kəˈmɒd ɪ ti/
noun, plural commodities.
an article of trade or commerce, especially a product as distinguished from a service.
something of use, advantage, or value.
Stock Exchange. any unprocessed or partially processed good, as grain, fruits, and vegetables, or precious metals.
Obsolete. a quantity of goods.
Origin of commodity
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English commodite < Anglo-French < Latin commoditās timeliness, convenience, equivalent to commod(us) (see commode) + -itās -ity
Related forms
noncommodity, adjective, noun, plural noncommodities. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for commodity
  • During that term he was to be the property of his master, and as much a commodity of bargain and sale as an ox, or a joint-stool.
  • Presently the box was returned to her, shut and filled with the precious commodity.
  • The real price of this commodity, therefore, naturally rises in the progress of improvement.
  • The labour of the menial servant, on the contrary, does not fix or realize itself in any particular subject or vendible commodity.
  • Prayer that craves a particular commodity-anything less than all good, is vicious.
  • He is a commodity singularly fickle and variable, and not to be grown to order.
  • They who live more remote are more primitive and simple in their dealings, and exchange one commodity for another.
  • Children are being used as an expendable commodity, to be used and discarded.
  • It was a repeatable, reliable technology, matched to a commodity that could be sold at a high price.
  • Getting a decent dose of adventure these days requires a commodity as rare as a spam-less day: time off.
British Dictionary definitions for commodity


noun (pl) -ties
an article of commerce
something of use, advantage, or profit
(economics) an exchangeable unit of economic wealth, esp a primary product or raw material
  1. a quantity of goods
  2. convenience or expediency
Word Origin
C14: from Old French commodité, from Latin commoditās suitability, benefit; see commodious
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for commodity

early 15c., "benefit, profit, welfare;" later "a convenient or useful product," from Middle French commodité "benefit, profit," from Latin commoditatem (nominative commoditas) "fitness, adaptation, convenience, advantage," from commodus "suitable, convenient" (see commode). General sense "property possession" is from c.1500.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
commodity in Culture

commodity definition

Any product manufactured or grown.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for commodity

Most English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for commodity

Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with commodity