Commerce vs Sales - What's the difference?

commerce | sales |

As verbs the difference between commerce and sales

is that commerce is while sales is .




  • (business) The exchange or buying and selling of commodities; especially the exchange of merchandise, on a large scale, between different places or communities; extended trade or traffic.
  • Social intercourse; the dealings of one person or class in society with another; familiarity.
  • * Macaulay:
  • Fifteen years of thought, observation, and commerce with the world had made him [Bunyan] wiser.
  • * 1881 , :
  • Suppose we held our converse not in words, but in music; those who have a bad ear would find themselves cut off from all near commerce , and no better than foreigners in this big world.
  • (obsolete) Sexual intercourse.
  • A round game at cards, in which the cards are subject to exchange, barter, or trade.
  • (Hoyle)


    * trade, traffic, dealings, intercourse, interchange, communion, communication * See also

    Derived terms

    * chamber of commerce * commercial


  • (dated) To carry on trade; to traffic.
  • Beware you commerce not with bankrupts. -B. Jonson.
  • (dated) To hold intercourse; to commune.
  • Commercing with himself. -Tennyson.
    Musicians ... taught the people in angelic harmonies to commerce with heaven. -Prof. Wilson.




    (en-plural noun)
  • The activities involved in selling goods or services.
  • The amount or value of goods and services sold.
  • Usage notes

    * Often used attributively.


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