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marketplace

[mahr-kit-pleys] /ˈmɑr kɪtˌpleɪs/
noun
1.
an open area in a town where a market is held.
2.
the commercial world; the realm of business, trade, and economics.
3.
any sphere considered as a place where ideas, thoughts, artistic creations, etc., compete for recognition.
Also, market place.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English; see market, place
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British Dictionary definitions for market-place

marketplace

/ˈmɑːkɪtˌpleɪs/
noun
1.
a place where a public market is held
2.
any centre where ideas, opinions, etc, are exchanged
3.
the commercial world of buying and selling
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Word Origin and History for market-place

marketplace

n.

late 14c., "place where a market is held," from market (n.) + place (n.). Figurative use is from 1942.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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market-place in the Bible

any place of public resort, and hence a public place or broad street (Matt. 11:16; 20:3), as well as a forum or market-place proper, where goods were exposed for sale, and where public assemblies and trials were held (Acts 16:19; 17:17). This word occurs in the Old Testament only in Ezek. 27:13. In early times markets were held at the gates of cities, where commodities were exposed for sale (2 Kings 7:18). In large towns the sale of particular articles seems to have been confined to certain streets, as we may infer from such expressions as "the bakers' street" (Jer. 37:21), and from the circumstance that in the time of Josephus the valley between Mounts Zion and Moriah was called the Tyropoeon or the "valley of the cheesemakers."

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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