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[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)
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.
Origin of emporium
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. Unabridged
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  • Carefully hoarded pocket money vanishes in a flash inside that emporium of rhinestone earrings, sequined slippers and beaded bags.
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  • 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.
  • The emporium was new, built in the soon-dashed hopes of millennium traffic.
  • The financial marketplace, meanwhile, has become a dizzying emporium of choice and easy credit.
  • Next time you have some errands to run at a suburban shopping emporium, you may find it difficult to get the kids out of there.
British Dictionary definitions for emporium


noun (pl) -riums, -ria (-rɪə)
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 emporium

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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