Define: Affiliate

UK Accounting Glossary

Definition: Affiliate

Quick Summary of Affiliate

A person or organisation officially attached to a larger body.

What is the dictionary definition of Affiliate?

Dictionary Definition

Someone or something, especially, a television station, that is associated with a larger, related organisation, as a television network; a member of a group of associated things.

An affiliate is a company or person linked to another company in some sense.

In the UK, the concept has no legal status.


Full Definition of Affiliate

1. Commerce: Two parties are affiliates if either party has the power to control the other, or a third party controls or has the power to control both. Affiliation also exists in (1) in interlocking directorates or ownership, (2) an identity of interests among members of a family and, (3) where employees, equipment, and/or facilities, are shared. Affiliates are subject to greater than normal legal prohibitions and requirements to guard against insider trading. See also subsidiary.
2. Electronic commerce: Firm which sells other merchants’ products at its own website. Visitors to the firm’s website may order merchandise from there, but the sale is transacted actually at the principal’s site who passes on a commission to the website from where the order originated.



Examples of Affiliate in a sentence

As a new affiliate, you’ll probably spend want to some time browsing our product range to identify which products would be beneficial to your customers.

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Chicago Manual of Style (CMS):
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This glossary post was last updated: 29th January 2019.