A commercial bank is a type of financial institution that provides services such as accepting deposits, making business loans, and offering basic investment products.
"Commercial bank" can also refer to a bank, or a division of a large bank, which more specifically deals with deposit and loan services provided to corporations or large/middle-sized business - as opposed to individual members of the public/small business - retail banking, or merchant banks.
n. a financial institution that accepts demand deposits and makes loans and provides other services for the public [syn: full service bank]
n. (context banking English) A bank whose chief business is accepting demand deposits and making short-term loans.
Usage examples of "commercial bank".
The Bern Commercial Bank took Swiss francs back from a Japanese bank, trading yen holdings for them, another dubious move occasioned by a phone call from the Swiss government.
On the way through the terminal, Chavez caught the headline on an evening tabloid saying that Swiss police had dealt with a robbery-terrorist incident in the Bern Commercial Bank.
That meant that all freight-capable aircraft that the federal government had helped to finance (that was nearly all of them, because no commercial bank could compete with Washington when it came to financing things) were now being taken, along with their crews, under the control of the Air Mobility Command.
The corporation would have a medium-sized account in a commercial bank.
Spears Commercial Bank, and it was only too willing to set up an account for Captain Vatta of Vatta Transport, Ltd.
This non-novel was brought to you by John Brunner using Spicers Plus Fabric Bond and Commercial Bank papers interleaved with Serillo carbons in a Smith Corona 250 electric typewriter fitted with a Kolok black-record ribbon.
But one of the numbers was the electronic address of a European commercial bank.
Tawney, we have an incident in Bern, unknown number of criminals have seized the central branch of the Bern Commercial Bank.
All major keiretsu in Japan were either owned by or folded into a commercial bank.