[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. employment office,
  2. employment tribunal,
  3. empoison,
  4. empolder,
  5. emporia,
  6. empoverish,
  7. empower,
  8. empowerment,
  9. empress,
  10. empressement

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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/ (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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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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