market-place

marketplace

[mahr-kit-pleys]
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; Middle English; see market, place

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marketplace (ˈmɑːkɪtˌpleɪs)
 
n
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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marketplace
late 14c., "place where a market is held," from market + place. Figurative use is from 1958.
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Market-place definition


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."

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