Definition of commercial break in US English:

commercial break


  • An interruption in the transmission of broadcast programming during which advertisements are broadcast.

    • ‘Writers of these shows often place dramatic elements just before the commercial break.’
    • ‘Advertisements and commercial breaks come for recurring display on the tele-screen and have a pervasive presence.’
    • ‘The live rundown of the show was so badly arranged that the award categories, such as best cinematography and best screenplay, were presented during commercial breaks.’
    • ‘The commercial break is over; it is back to the regular broadcast.’
    • ‘I heard the two men working the audience on-camera, and the program went to a commercial break.’
    • ‘Many people stop watching TV for the duration of the commercial breaks.’
    • ‘Anyone who doubts the target audience need only stick around for the commercial breaks, where advertisements tout everything from extra-hold hair spray to feisty kitchen cleansers.’
    • ‘With long commercials and longer commercial breaks these days, I find myself flipping around as soon as my show takes a break.’
    • ‘Seven hundred and eighty-three cable network viewers claimed to be watching the program during the last commercial break.’
    • ‘It was very heavily regulated and very restricted in how many commercials and how many commercial breaks it could show.’
    • ‘And I try to watch most of the cricket and let her watch her program in between frequent commercial breaks of the cricket broadcast.’
    • ‘The way the commercial networks ran hours and hours of news without commercial breaks has also been quite extraordinary and unprecedented.’
    • ‘There are hardly any programs that could sustain my interest through commercial breaks.’
    • ‘Instead, they should try a new approach, such as limiting commercial breaks or restructuring programs so that commercials appear only at the end of the programs.’
    • ‘All right, Mr. Mayor, I'm sorry to interrupt but we have to take a quick commercial break.’
    • ‘I don't have the heart to tell him that what he has assumed to be the end of the program is, in fact, the first commercial break, and that the show then goes on to show a new home being constructed.’
    • ‘And your viewing is interrupted about every ten minutes by a four-minute commercial break.’
    • ‘Billboards and rinkside advertisements trumpeted Canadian products, while the proceedings were regularly interrupted to accommodate commercial breaks for the Canadian television stations.’
    • ‘That ought to keep viewers glued through the commercial breaks.’
    • ‘To be honest the TV companies don't mind because these people could never afford any of the products advertised in the commercial breaks anyway.’


commercial break

/kəˈmərSHəl brāk/