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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