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[mahrt] /mɑrt/
market; trading center; trade center.
a building, center, or exposition for the sale of goods by manufacturers and wholesalers to retail merchants.
Archaic. a fair.
Obsolete. bargain.
Origin of mart1
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Middle Dutch mar(c)t market


[mahrt] /mɑrt/
noun, Scot. and North England.
a cow or ox fattened for slaughter.
1300-50; Middle English < Scots Gaelic; compare MIr mart ox or cow slaughtered for meat, carcass, hence a live ox or cow Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Down swept the shark with a rush, flicking in its tail as it passed, and mart leaped back only just in time to avoid it.

    The Pirate Shark Elliott Whitney
  • To this group may be added two more, which signify a mart, viz.

    The Romance of Names Ernest Weekley
  • Then he speculated about mart Johnston and wondered whether mart would look him up.

    Center Rush Rowland Ralph Henry Barbour
  • Under this persuasion Drayton put script of mart as equivalent (Nares).

    The Battaile of Agincourt Michael Drayton
  • We'd better put on some negative pretty soon hadn't we, mart?

    The Skylark of Space Edward Elmer Smith and Lee Hawkins Garby
  • Also a colloquialism for marque, as a letter of mart or marque.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • "This brother-in-law of mart's seems to me a youngster of a good deal of ability," I said to my companion.

    The Joy of Captain Ribot Armando Palacio Valds
  • They had been long in his employ, and mart but a short time.

  • mart invited me the next day to visit his estate at Cabaal, where he had certain orders to give about the house and garden.

    The Joy of Captain Ribot Armando Palacio Valds
British Dictionary definitions for mart


a market or trading centre
Word Origin
C15: from Middle Dutch martmarket
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for mart

"market, gathering for buying and selling," mid-15c., from Middle Dutch markt, from Latin mercatus "trade" (see market).

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