- a town where a regularly scheduled market is held.
Origin of market town
late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50
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Examples from the Web for market town
The jaguar might make an excursion into the market-town; the bear might eat a butcher.Sir Brook Fossbrooke, Volume I.
Charles James Lever
At the red house, near the market-town, there is a hospitable bustle.Lucretia, Complete
At the foot of the Maquiling mountain is Calamba, a market-town.The Philippine Islands
Ramon Reyes Lala
It is a conventional Breton small town, but it is a market-town, nevertheless.Rambles in Brittany
Cullompton is a market-town 12 miles north-east of Exeter, on the road from Bristol.Devonshire
Francis A. Knight
- mainly British a town that holds a market, esp an agricultural centre in a rural area
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