Commerce Department

commerce

[kom-ers]
noun
1.
an interchange of goods or commodities, especially on a large scale between different countries (foreign commerce) or between different parts of the same country (domestic commerce) trade; business.
2.
social relations, especially the exchange of views, attitudes, etc.
3.
sexual intercourse.
4.
intellectual or spiritual interchange; communion.
5.
(initial capital letter) . Also called Commerce Department. Informal. the Department of Commerce.

Origin:
1530–40; < Middle French < Latin commercium, equivalent to commerc(ārī) to trade together (com- com- + mercārī to buy, deal, derivative of merc-, stem of merx goods) + -ium -ium


1. See trade.
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commerce (ˈkɒmɜːs)
 
n
1.  the activity embracing all forms of the purchase and sale of goods and services
2.  social relations and exchange, esp of opinions, attitudes, etc
 
[C16: from Latin commercium trade, from commercārī, from mercārī to trade, from merx merchandise]

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commerce
1530s, from M.Fr. commerce, from L. commercium "trade, trafficking," from com- "together" + merx (gen. mercis) "merchandise" (see market).
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