- a city in E Kansas.
- a large retail store, especially one selling a great variety of articles.
- a place, town, or city of important commerce, especially a principal center of trade: New York is one of the world's great emporiums.
Origin of emporium
1580–90; < Latin < Greek empórion market, emporium, equivalent to émporos merchant, orig. traveler, passenger (em- em-2 + póros passage, voyage; compare en pórōi on a voyage, en route) + -ion noun suffix of place
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Related Wordsshop, mart, boutique, mall, outlet, bazaar, co-op, supermarket, chain, stand, store, galleria
Examples from the Web for emporia
Then it was I told them the story of the hens I met just west of Emporia.Adventures While Preaching the Gospel of Beauty
Nicholas Vachel Lindsay
They had passed through Richmond and were now on their way to Emporia.Dave Porter on Cave Island
Emporia is probably as well known as any town of its size in the land.Abroad at Home
Emporia was settled in 1856 and was chartered as a city in 1870.
In 1862 our yearly meeting was held at Emporia, and in 1863 at Ottumwa.Personal Recollections of Pardee Butler
- a large and often ostentatious retail shop offering for sale a wide variety of merchandise
C16: from Latin, from Greek emporion, from emporos merchant, from poros a journey
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Word Origin and History for emporia
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