domestic commerce


  1. See under commerce(def 1).


  1. an interchange of goods or commodities, especially on a large scale between different countries (foreign commerce) or between different parts of the same country (domestic commerce); trade; business.
  2. social relations, especially the exchange of views, attitudes, etc.
  3. sexual intercourse.
  4. intellectual or spiritual interchange; communion.
  5. (initial capital letter) Also called Commerce Department. Informal. the Department of Commerce.


  1. the activity embracing all forms of the purchase and sale of goods and services
  2. social relations and exchange, esp of opinions, attitudes, etc

1530s, from Middle French commerce (14c.), from Latin commercium “trade, trafficking,” from com- “together” (see com-) + merx (genitive mercis) “merchandise” (see market (n.)).

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