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agora1

[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 of agora1
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

agora2

[ah-gawr-uh, -gohr-uh; Sephardic Hebrew ah-gaw-rah] /ɑˈgɔr ə, -ˈgoʊr ə; Sephardic Hebrew ɑ gɔˈrɑ/
noun, plural agorot
[ah-gawr-oht, -gohr-; Sephardic Hebrew ah-gaw-rawt] /ɑˈgɔr oʊt, -ˈgoʊr-; Sephardic Hebrew ɑ gɔˈrɔt/ (Show IPA)
1.
an aluminum coin and monetary unit of Israel, the 100th part of a shekel: replaced the prutah as the fractional unit in 1960.
Also, agura.
Origin
From Hebrew
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Examples from the Web for agora
Historical Examples
  • These shall be inscribed on a column in front of the court of the wardens of the agora.

    Laws Plato
  • The temples should be placed round the agora, and the city built in a circle on the heights.

    Laws Plato
  • The care of the agora will fall to the wardens of the agora.

    Laws Plato
  • (a) Lying was forbidden in the agora both by Plato and at Athens (Telfy).

    Laws Plato
  • After the wardens of the country, we have to speak of the election of wardens of the agora and of the city.

    Laws Plato
  • Now the wardens of the agora ought to see to the details of the agora.

    Laws Plato
  • Next we have to speak of the elections of the wardens of the agora and of the city.

    Laws Plato
  • Then the troops from the city poured into the agora of Hippodmus.

    Hellenica Xenophon
  • Forum, the place of general assembly in a Roman city, as the agora was in a Greek.

    Architecture Thomas Roger Smith
  • Pollux adds 136 his testimony that the wooden seats were in the agora.

British Dictionary definitions for 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 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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