Definition of commerce in English:

commerce

Line breaks: com|merce
Pronunciation: /ˈkɒməːs
 
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noun

[mass noun]
  • 2 dated Social dealings between people: the noise and warmth of human commerce
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    • I would assume that a prostitute, in ordinary social commerce, does not admit to her profession.
    • Reputations are crucial for the effective functioning of human society and commerce.
    • There wasn't a lot of social commerce going on between the two groups.
  • 3 archaic Sexual intercourse.
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    • In that city at that time it was the custom that any woman who had commerce with any man not her husband would be taken as an adulteress and die for it, unless she was a woman of the streets.
    • For it is said that it was two months after the marriage before she had commerce with you.

Origin

mid 16th century (in sense 2): from French, or from Latin commercium 'trade, trading', from com- 'together' + mercium (from merx, merc- 'merchandise').

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