Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Financial, Encyclopedia.
Giving full or partial recompense for work done based on individual sale or service rendered. My normal salary is actually pretty abysmal, but the amount I can earn on commission when I sell a property more than makes up for it. My friend is an artist who earns her living painting elaborate scenes on commission for fans of various pop-culture shows and movies.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
Making money based on sales or services rendered, as in Real estate agents rarely get a salary; they work largely on commission. This use of the noun commission, which generally refers to a percentage of the total price, dates from the early 1700s.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
With a sales commission serving as full or partial recompense for the work done: sells boats on commission.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.