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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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  • In passing this emporium, Miss Nellie's quick eye had discovered a cheap brown linen duster hanging in its window.

  • The next morning betimes Ben presented himself at the emporium.

    In Apple-Blossom Time Clara Louise Burnham
  • Joan went with her to the widely advertised “emporium” in the City Road, meaning to advise her.

    All Roads Lead to Calvary Jerome K. Jerome
  • Peden's emporium of viciousness was a notable establishment in its day.

    Trail's End George W. Ogden
  • El Paso, the Texan border-town, some forty miles distant, is properly the emporium of that region.

    Alamo Ranch Sarah Warner Brooks
  • He wondered what the emporium would do to keep up with the Exchange.

    Christmas Zona Gale
  • The city was now to become an emporium for the Western World.

  • There lay the emporium of his commerce, the great mud-built town of Timbuctoo.

    The Boy Slaves Mayne Reid
  • Covent Garden was once the emporium of the arts and sciences, and the residence of the chief nobility of the kingdom.

  • Let's cut down the alley and in the back way of the emporium.

    The Dude Wrangler Caroline Lockhart
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)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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