[em-pawr-ee-uhm, -pohr-]
noun, plural emporiums, emporia [em-pawr-ee-uh, -pohr-] .
a large retail store, especially one selling a great variety of articles.
a place, town, or city of important commerce, especially a principal center of trade: New York is one of the world's great emporiums.

1580–90; < Latin < Greek empórion market, emporium, equivalent to émporos merchant, orig. traveler, passenger (em- em-2 + póros passage, voyage; compare en pórōi on a voyage, en route) + -ion noun suffix of place

1. market, marketplace, bazaar.
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emporium (ɛmˈpɔːrɪəm)
n , pl -riums, -ria
a large and often ostentatious retail shop offering for sale a wide variety of merchandise
[C16: from Latin, from Greek emporion, from emporos merchant, from poros a journey]

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Word Origin & History

1580s, from L. emporium, from Gk. emporion, from emporos "merchant, traveler," from en- "in" + poros "passage, voyage," ultimately from peirein "to pass through" (see port (1)).
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Example sentences
Carefully hoarded pocket money vanishes in a flash inside that emporium of
  rhinestone earrings, sequined slippers and beaded bags.
Ashkelon's tradition as a melting pot and emporium persists.
She has watched the old-style drug store evolve into an emporium devoted to the
  sale of notions.
Alas, he is sidetracked at a gambling emporium, where he loses all his money.
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