stock market

a particular market where stocks and bonds are traded; stock exchange.
the market for stocks throughout a nation: The stock market reacted strongly to the president's speech.

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World English Dictionary
stock market
1.  another name for stock exchange
2.  the usual US name for stock exchange

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Word Origin & History

stock market
"place where securities are bought and sold, 1809, from stock (n.2) + market. [The original "Stock Market" (c.1350) was a fish and meat market in the City of London on or near the later site of Mansion House, so called perhaps because it occupied the site of a former stocks.]
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Cultural Dictionary

stock market definition

A market in which stocks are bought and sold (see stock exchange). Also, the general condition of the sale of securities in a corporation.

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Example sentences
Today's stock market has become a world of automated transactions executed at
  lightning speed.
The same sort of self-selection occurs in gambling and investing in the stock
If putting money in the stock market was more dangerous, less people would lose
  money doing it because less people would do it.
Insurance companies and even the stock market play a role too.
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