Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Something useful that can be turned to commercial or other advantage: "Left-handed, power-hitting third basemen are a rare commodity in the big leagues” ( Steve Guiremand).
  • n. An article of trade or commerce, especially an agricultural or mining product that can be processed and resold.
  • n. Advantage; benefit.
  • n. Obsolete A quantity of goods.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Raw materials, agricultural and other primary products as objects of large-scale trading in specialized exchanges.
  • n. Undifferentiated goods characterized by a low profit margin, as distinguished from branded products.
  • n. Anything which has both a use-value and an exchange-value.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Convenience; accommodation; profit; benefit; advantage; interest; commodiousness.
  • n. That which affords convenience, advantage, or profit, especially in commerce, including everything movable that is bought and sold (except animals), -- goods, wares, merchandise, produce of land and manufactures, etc.
  • n. A parcel or quantity of goods.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Accommodation; convenience; suitableness; commodiousness.
  • n. Profit; advantage; interest.
  • n. That which is useful; anything that is useful, convenient, or serviceable; particularly, an article of merchandise; anything movable that is a subject of trade or of acquisition.
  • n. Distribution of wares; parcel; supply.
  • n. Synonyms Merchandise, Goods, etc.
  • n. See property.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. articles of commerce

Etymologies

Middle English commodite, from Old French, convenience, from Latin commoditās, from commodus, convenient; see commodious.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English commoditee, from Anglo-Norman commoditee, from Latin commoditat, commoditas. (Wiktionary)

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  • WIZARD
    Why, anybody can have a brain. That's a
    very mediocre commodity. Every pusillanimous
    creature that crawls on the earth -- or
    slinks through slimy seas has a brain!

    June 10, 2010