emporium

[ em-pawr-ee-uhm, -pohr- ]
/ ɛmˈpɔr i əm, -ˈpoʊr- /

noun, plural em·po·ri·ums, em·po·ri·a [em-pawr-ee-uh, -pohr-]. /ɛmˈpɔr i ə, -ˈpoʊr-/.

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.

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Origin of emporium

1580–90; <Latin <Greek empórion market, emporium, equivalent to émporos merchant, originally 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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British Dictionary definitions for emporium

emporium
/ (ɛmˈpɔːrɪəm) /

noun plural -riums or -ria (-rɪə)

a large and often ostentatious retail shop offering for sale a wide variety of merchandise

Word Origin for emporium

C16: from Latin, from Greek emporion, from emporos merchant, from poros a journey
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