Definition of emporium in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɛmˈpɔːrɪəm/

noun (plural emporia /ɛmˈpɔːrɪə/ /ɪmˈpɔːrɪə/ or emporiums)

1A large retail store selling a wide variety of goods.
Example sentences
  • 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.
shop, store, boutique, outlet, retail outlet, reseller;
informal shed
North American informal big box
1.1 archaic A centre of commerce; a market.
Example sentences
  • 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.


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

  • An emporium is unconnected with emperor, but comes via Latin from Greek emporion, from emporos ‘merchant’, based on the word for ‘journey’.

Words that rhyme with emporium

auditorium, ciborium, conservatorium, crematorium, moratorium, sanatorium, scriptorium, sudatorium, vomitorium

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