Definition of emporium in English:

emporium

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Pronunciation: /ɛmˈpɔːrɪəm
 
, ɪm-/

noun (plural emporia /-rɪə/ or emporiums)

  • 1A large retail store selling a wide variety of goods.
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    • Take the site of the Sogo Department Store, a high-end emporium that once sold everything from elegant kimonos to shockingly expensive packets of dried seaweed.
    • Midtown gets mighty crowded, but it's the place to go for department stores and designer emporiums.
    • This is primarily a family destination, as witnessed by the myriad small amusement parks and large shopping emporia selling beanie babies along the main strip.
    Synonyms
    shop, store, boutique, outlet, retail outlet, reseller; department store, chain store, supermarket, hypermarket, superstore, megastore; establishment
    informal shed
    North American informal big box
  • 1.1 archaic A centre of commerce; a market.
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    • Zanzibar is one of Dublin's premier cattle mart emporiums.
    • The labor to create a commercial emporium required thousands of workers, who made Baltimore one of the new nation's most diverse, plebeian - and in the eyes of some, disorderly - cities.
    • Edged by marble columns, the marble-floored space in the bank will retain some of the features of its banking past - the counters in the centre will remain, to be incorporated into the emporium.

Origin

late 16th century: from Latin, from Greek emporion, from emporos 'merchant', based on a stem meaning 'to journey'.

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