- a popular political assembly.
- the place where such an assembly met, originally a marketplace or public square.
- 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) + -ā noun ending
[ah-gawr-uh, -gohr-uh; Sephardic Hebrew ah-gaw-rah]
- an aluminum coin and monetary unit of Israel, the 100th part of a shekel: replaced the prutah as the fractional unit in 1960.
Origin of agora2
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Examples from the Web for agora
These shall be inscribed on a column in front of the court of the wardens of the agora.
The temples should be placed round the Agora, and the city built in a circle on the heights.
The care of the agora will fall to the wardens of the agora.
(a) Lying was forbidden in the agora both by Plato and at Athens (Telfy).
Now the wardens of the agora ought to see to the details of the agora.
- (often capital)
- the marketplace in Athens, used for popular meetings, or any similar place of assembly in ancient Greece
- the meeting itself
from Greek, from agorein to gather
- an Israeli monetary unit worth one hundredth of a shekel
Hebrew, from āgōr to collect
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Word Origin and History for agora
"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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