Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Something useful that can be turned to commercial or other advantage.
  • noun A product or service that is indistinguishable from ones manufactured or provided by competing companies and that therefore sells primarily on the basis of price rather than quality or style.
  • noun Archaic Advantage; benefit.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Accommodation; convenience; suitableness; commodiousness.
  • noun Profit; advantage; interest.
  • noun 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.
  • noun Distribution of wares; parcel; supply.
  • noun Synonyms Merchandise, Goods, etc.
  • noun See property.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun obsolete Convenience; accommodation; profit; benefit; advantage; interest; commodiousness.
  • noun 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.
  • noun obsolete A parcel or quantity of goods.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • noun articles of commerce

Etymologies

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

[Middle English commodite, from Old French, convenience, from Latin commoditās, from commodus, convenient; see commodious.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Middle English commoditee, from Anglo-Norman commoditee, from Latin commoditat, commoditas.

Examples

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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