commerce

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Borrowed from Middle French commerce, from Latin commercium.

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commerce (countable and uncountable, plural commerces)

  1. (business) 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. Social intercourse; the dealings of one person or class in society with another; familiarity.
    • 1911, Thomas Babington Macaulay, “Bunyan, John”, in 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica:
      Fifteen years of thought, observation, and commerce with the world had made him [Bunyan] wiser.
    • 1881, Robert Louis Stevenson, Virginibus Puerisque:
      Suppose we held our converse not in words, but in music; those who have a bad ear would find themselves cut off from all near commerce, and no better than foreigners in this big world.
  3. (obsolete) Sexual intercourse.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of W. Montagu to this entry?)
  4. An 18th-century French card game in which the cards are subject to exchange, barter, or trade.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Hoyle to this entry?)

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commerce (third-person singular simple present commerces, present participle commercing, simple past and past participle commerced)

  1. (intransitive, archaic) To carry on trade; to traffic.
  2. (intransitive, archaic) To hold intercourse; to commune.
    • ?, Alfred Tennyson, Walking to the Mail
      commercing with himself
    • (Can we date this quote by Prof. Wilson and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      Musicians [] taught the people in angelic harmonies to commerce with heaven.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French commerce, borrowed from Latin commercium (commerce, trade), from com- (together) + merx (good, wares, merchandise); see merchant, mercenary.

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  • IPA(key): /kɔ.mɛʁs/
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commerce m (plural commerces)

  1. commerce, trade
  2. store, shop, trader

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