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[ag-er-uh] /ˈæg ər ə/
noun, plural agorae
[ag-uh-ree] /ˈæg əˌri/ (Show IPA)
(in ancient Greece)
1.
a popular political assembly.
2.
the place where such an assembly met, originally a marketplace or public square.
3.
the Agora, the chief marketplace of Athens, center of the city's civic life.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Greek agorā́ marketplace, equivalent to agor- (variant stem of ageírein to gather together < a pre-Hellenic IE substratum language, equivalent to a(d)- ad- + *ǵher- grasp, cognate with Sanskrit har- seize, fetch) + noun ending
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British Dictionary definitions for the agora

agora1

/ˈæɡərə/
noun (pl) -rae (-riː; -raɪ)
1.
(often capital)
  1. the marketplace in Athens, used for popular meetings, or any similar place of assembly in ancient Greece
  2. the meeting itself
Word Origin
from Greek, from agorein to gather

agora2

/ˌæɡəˈrɑː/
noun (pl) -rot (-ˈrɒt)
1.
an Israeli monetary unit worth one hundredth of a shekel
Word Origin
Hebrew, from āgōr to collect
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Word Origin and History for the agora

agora

n.

"assembly place," 1590s, from Greek agora "open space" (typically a marketplace), from ageirein "to assemble," from PIE root *ger- "to gather" (see gregarious).

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