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market town

a town where a regularly scheduled market is held.
Origin of market town
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The market-day is, in fact, the event of the week, and the streets of the market-town are the Rotten Row of the neighbourhood.

    The Toilers of the Field Richard Jefferies
  • It is a conventional Breton small town, but it is a market-town, nevertheless.

    Rambles in Brittany Francis Miltoun
  • Its justification was in its service as a market-town for farmers.

    Main Street Sinclair Lewis
  • Cullompton is a market-town 12 miles north-east of Exeter, on the road from Bristol.

    Devonshire Francis A. Knight
  • Holywell , a market-town of Flintshire, has an elevated situation, 15 m. NW.

    The Nuttall Encyclopaedia Edited by Rev. James Wood
  • I went to the market-town by train, and the young bullock was driven by road.

    Cole's Funny Picture Book No. 1 Edward William Cole
  • The forester whom he had applied to for a new dress, had, of course, purchased it from the countryman in the market-town.

    The Devil's Elixir E. T. A. Hoffmann
  • These birds and the surplus hares he always sold in the market-town, and put the money into a box.

    A Terrible Temptation Charles Reade
  • A great church and a good hotel are indeed all-sufficient attractions for a market-town of perhaps eight thousand souls.

    Rambles in Brittany Francis Miltoun
  • I got a lift in a cart from that village to the market-town where I met you the same night at the inn.

    The Mysteries of London, v. 1/4 George W. M. Reynolds
British Dictionary definitions for market-town

market town

(mainly Brit) a town that holds a market, esp an agricultural centre in a rural area
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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