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.
Also, market place.

1350–1400; Middle English; see market, place Unabridged
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marketplace (ˈmɑːkɪtˌpleɪs)
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 & History

late 14c., "place where a market is held," from market + place. Figurative use is from 1958.
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Example sentences
There is not much place for waiting in today's marketplace.
After feature films took hold in the marketplace, directors used length as
  proof of how important their work was.
Colleges simply don't know if their internal candidate is less, as, or more
  talented than others in the marketplace.
Familiarize yourself with the employment marketplace.
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