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agora1

[ag-er-uh]
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noun, plural ag·o·rae [ag-uh-ree] /ˈæg əˌri/. (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; < 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]
noun, plural a·go·rot [ah-gawr-oht, -gohr-; Sephardic Hebrew ah-gaw-rawt] /ɑˈgɔr oʊt, -ˈgoʊr-; Sephardic Hebrew ɑ gɔˈrɔt/.
  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 of agora2

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

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

    Laws

    Plato


British Dictionary definitions for agora

agora1

noun plural -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

noun plural -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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper