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agora1

[ag-er-uh] /ˈæg ər ə/
noun, plural agorae
[ag-uh-ree] /ˈæg əˌri/ (Show IPA)
(in ancient Greece)
1.
a popular political assembly.
2.
the place where such an assembly met, originally a marketplace or public square.
3.
the Agora, the chief marketplace of Athens, center of the city's civic life.
Origin of agora1
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Greek agorā́ marketplace, equivalent to agor- (variant stem of ageírein to gather together < a pre-Hellenic IE substratum language, equivalent to a(d)- ad- + *ǵher- grasp, cognate with Sanskrit har- seize, fetch) + noun ending

agora2

[ah-gawr-uh, -gohr-uh; Sephardic Hebrew ah-gaw-rah] /ɑˈgɔr ə, -ˈgoʊr ə; Sephardic Hebrew ɑ gɔˈrɑ/
noun, plural agorot
[ah-gawr-oht, -gohr-; Sephardic Hebrew ah-gaw-rawt] /ɑˈgɔr oʊt, -ˈgoʊr-; Sephardic Hebrew ɑ gɔˈrɔt/ (Show IPA)
1.
an aluminum coin and monetary unit of Israel, the 100th part of a shekel: replaced the prutah as the fractional unit in 1960.
Also, agura.
Origin
< Hebrew
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Examples from the Web for agora
Historical Examples
  • As the crowd from the agora also poured forth, Antonius was finally left on the tribunal sitting alone.

  • The temples should be placed round the agora, and the city built in a circle on the heights.

    Laws Plato
  • Now the wardens of the agora ought to see to the details of the agora.

    Laws Plato
  • These shall be inscribed on a column in front of the court of the wardens of the agora.

    Laws Plato
  • O ye dull nations of the North, with your broils and debates,—your bustling lives of the Pnyx and the agora!

    Zanoni Edward Bulwer Lytton
  • Then the troops from the city poured into the agora of Hippodmus.

    Hellenica Xenophon
  • Although a considerable part of the agora has been excavated, none of the statues which Pausanias saw in it have been discovered.

  • We have already seen that an orchestra was first established in the agora.

  • Every Greek city had its agora, or marketplace, as every Roman city had its forum.

    Vistas in Sicily Arthur Stanley Riggs
  • We know that the statues of eponymous heroes were set up in the agora.

British Dictionary definitions for agora

agora1

/ˈæɡərə/
noun (pl) -rae (-riː; -raɪ)
1.
(often capital)
  1. the marketplace in Athens, used for popular meetings, or any similar place of assembly in ancient Greece
  2. the meeting itself
Word Origin
from Greek, from agorein to gather

agora2

/ˌæɡəˈrɑː/
noun (pl) -rot (-ˈrɒt)
1.
an Israeli monetary unit worth one hundredth of a shekel
Word Origin
Hebrew, from āgōr to collect
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Word Origin and History for agora
n.

"assembly place," 1590s, from Greek agora "open space" (typically a marketplace), from ageirein "to assemble," from PIE root *ger- "to gather" (see gregarious).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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agora in Technology

language
A distributed object-oriented language.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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