Definition of emporium in English:


Syllabification: em·po·ri·um
Pronunciation: /emˈpôrēəm

noun (plural emporiums or emporia /-ˈpôrēə/)

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.
1.1 A business establishment that specializes in products or services on a large scale (often used for humorously formal effect): the world-famous food emporium you know those half-automated carwash emporia that advertise an “all-cloth wash?”
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  • After paying for my gas, I stand at my car for a moment and look up and down the street that is filled with every kind of junk food emporium you can think of, looking for a lit sign that might be calling my name.
  • You stand paralyzed with indecision in the middle of the road as a member of the counter staff from each shop tries to stare you in to his/her take away food emporium.
  • I'll have to investigate my local British food emporium next time I go to load up on kippers, proper bacon and so forth.
1.2 archaic A principal center 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.


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

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