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[em-pawr-ee-uhm, -pohr-]
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noun, plural em·po·ri·ums, em·po·ri·a [em-pawr-ee-uh, -pohr-] /ɛmˈpɔr i ə, -ˈpoʊr-/.
  1. a large retail store, especially one selling a great variety of articles.
  2. 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, 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 Words for emporium

shop, mart, boutique, mall, outlet, bazaar, co-op, supermarket, chain, stand, store, galleria

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Historical Examples of emporium

  • He locked the doors of the Emporium, tried them, and dropped the keys in his pocket.

    The Gentleman From Indiana

    Booth Tarkington

  • They found quite a crowd in front of the "Emporium," as the drug store was called.

  • So you would have me close my emporium for the sake of your small affairs?

  • The next morning betimes Ben presented himself at the Emporium.

    In Apple-Blossom Time

    Clara Louise Burnham

  • Peden's emporium of viciousness was a notable establishment in its day.

    Trail's End

    George W. Ogden

British Dictionary definitions for emporium


noun plural -riums or -ria (-rɪə)
  1. a large and often ostentatious retail shop offering for sale a wide variety of merchandise
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Word Origin for emporium

C16: from Latin, from Greek emporion, from emporos merchant, from poros a journey
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for emporium


1580s, from Latin emporium, from Greek emporion "trading place, market," from emporos "merchant, traveler," from en "in" (see en- (2)) + poros "passage, voyage," related to peirein "to pass through" (see port (n.1)).

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