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Emporia

[em-pawr-ee-uh, -pohr-] /ɛmˈpɔr i ə, -ˈpoʊr-/
noun
1.
a city in E Kansas.

emporium

[em-pawr-ee-uh m, -pohr-] /ɛmˈpɔr i əm, -ˈpoʊr-/
noun, plural emporiums, emporia
[em-pawr-ee-uh, -pohr-] /ɛmˈpɔr i ə, -ˈpoʊr-/ (Show IPA)
1.
a large retail store, especially one selling a great variety of articles.
2.
a place, town, or city of important commerce, especially a principal center of trade:
New York is one of the world's great emporiums.
Origin
1580-1590
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
Synonyms
1. market, marketplace, bazaar.
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British Dictionary definitions for Emporia

emporium

/ɛmˈpɔːrɪəm/
noun (pl) -riums, -ria (-rɪə)
1.
a large and often ostentatious retail shop offering for sale a wide variety of merchandise
Word Origin
C16: from Latin, from Greek emporion, from emporos merchant, from poros a journey
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Word Origin and History for Emporia

emporium

n.

1580s, from Latin emporium, from Greek emporion "trading place, market," from emporos "merchant, traveler," from en "in" (see en- (2)) + poros "passage, voyage," related to peirein "to pass through" (see port (n.1)).

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Encyclopedia Article for Emporia

city, seat (1860) of Lyon county, east-central Kansas, U.S. It lies between the Cottonwood and Neosho rivers. Established in 1857 by a town company whose charter prohibited the sale and consumption of alcohol within the town site, it was named after a legendary ancient city in North Africa or for a market centre in Greece. The settlement developed as a trading centre after the arrival of the railroad (Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe) in 1869. Severe droughts that plagued the city were ended in 1938 with the damming of the Kahola valley 25 miles (40 km) to the northwest. The Emporia Gazette became probably the best-known and respected "small-town" newspaper in the United States under the editorship of William Allen White, who bought it in 1895. The William Allen White House is a state historic site. The city is now the trading and shipping centre of a large farming and dairying area and is the seat of Emporia State University (1863) and Flint Hills Technical College (1963). Attractions include a municipal zoo and the National Teachers Hall of Fame (1989). Chase and Lyon state fishing lakes are nearby. Inc. 1870. Pop. (1990) 25,512; (2000) 26,760.

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