Meaning of trade description in English:

trade description

(also trades description)

Pronunciation /ˌtreɪd dɪˈskrɪpʃn/


British Law
  • Information which describes some or all of the features of a commercial service or an item offered for sale (such as physical appearance, place of manufacture, fitness for purpose, etc.). Later also in extended use (often humorous).

    Ensuring the accuracy of such information is typically a legal obligation for the supplier.


Mid 19th century; earliest use found in The Times. From trade + description.