Commerce Com"merce, n.

Note: (Formerly accented on the second syllable.) [F. commerce, L. commercium; com- + merx, mercis, merchandise. See {Merchant}.] 1. 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. [1913 Webster]

The public becomes powerful in proportion to the opulence and extensive commerce of private men. --Hume. [1913 Webster]

2. Social intercourse; the dealings of one person or class in society with another; familiarity. [1913 Webster]

Fifteen years of thought, observation, and commerce with the world had made him [Bunyan] wiser. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

3. Sexual intercourse. --W. Montagu. [1913 Webster]

4. A round game at cards, in which the cards are subject to exchange, barter, or trade. --Hoyle. [1913 Webster]

{Chamber of commerce}. See {Chamber}.

Syn: Trade; traffic; dealings; intercourse; interchange; communion; communication. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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