(COTS) Commercial-off-the-shelf definition

Definition of Commercial-off-the-shelf : noun

  1. Products or solutions of this kind. Commonly referred to by the acronym COTS.

Definition of Commercial-off-the-shelf : adjective

  1. Said of products or solutions that a customer, especially a government customer, can buy and use without having to pay for their development to specific customer (especially government) requirements or specifications. Many IT systems and solutions are COTS items.