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or market place

[mahr-kit-pleys] /ˈmɑr kɪtˌpleɪs/
an open area in a town where a market is held.
the commercial world; the realm of business, trade, and economics.
any sphere considered as a place where ideas, thoughts, artistic creations, etc., compete for recognition.
Origin of marketplace
1350-1400; Middle English; see market, place Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for market-place
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  • At his arrival in the market-place, and some time before she saw him, the stranger had bent his eyes on Hester Prynne.

    The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Therefore she was easily captured, and the next day was beheaded in the market-place.

  • One of the best specimens of the kind stands in the market-place of old Malmesbury, hard by the ancient monastery there.

    A Cotswold Village J. Arthur Gibbs
  • You find them in the shop, in the market-place, in the family, and alas!

  • Later they would be slaughtered and their carcasses exposed for sale in the market-place.

  • Finding that Odysseus was not at home, they proceeded to the market-place.

  • I am resolved, therefore, that the true site of Dr. Johnson's penance was in the middle of the market-place.

    Our Old Home Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Here in the market-place stood Knud, with his knapsack on his back.

    What the Moon Saw: and Other Tales Hans Christian Andersen
  • Let them be laid out in the market-place so that all may see them.'

    The Making of a Saint William Somerset Maugham
  • They led me to a splendid building in the middle of the market-place.

British Dictionary definitions for market-place


a place where a public market is held
any centre where ideas, opinions, etc, are exchanged
the commercial world of buying and selling
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for market-place



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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