agora

1
[ ag-er-uh ]
/ ˈæg ər ə /

noun, plural ag·o·rae [ag-uh-ree] /ˈæg əˌri/. (in ancient Greece)

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.

Nearby words

  1. agonizing,
  2. agony,
  3. agony aunt,
  4. agony column,
  5. agony uncle,
  6. agoraphobia,
  7. agoraphobic,
  8. agostini,
  9. agostino di duccio,
  10. agouta

Origin of agora

1
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

agora

2
[ ah-gawr-uh, -gohr-uh; Sephardic Hebrew ah-gaw-rah ]
/ ɑˈgɔr ə, -ˈgoʊr ə; Sephardic Hebrew ɑ gɔˈrɑ /

noun, plural a·go·rot [ah-gawr-oht, -gohr-; Sephardic Hebrew ah-gaw-rawt] /ɑˈgɔr oʊt, -ˈgoʊr-; Sephardic Hebrew ɑ gɔˈrɔt/.

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 agora

2
From Hebrew

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British Dictionary definitions for agora

agora

1
/ (ˈæɡərə) /

noun plural -rae (-riː, -raɪ)

(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 for agora

from Greek, from agorein to gather

noun plural -rot (-ˈrɒt)

an Israeli monetary unit worth one hundredth of a shekel

Word Origin for agora

Hebrew, from āgōr to collect

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Word Origin and History for agora

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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