market town



a town where a regularly scheduled market is held.

Origin of market town

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for market town

Historical Examples of market town

  • The jaguar might make an excursion into the market-town; the bear might eat a butcher.

  • At the red house, near the market-town, there is a hospitable bustle.

    Lucretia, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • 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

    Francis Miltoun

  • Cullompton is a market-town 12 miles north-east of Exeter, on the road from Bristol.


    Francis A. Knight

British Dictionary definitions for market town

market town


mainly British a town that holds a market, esp an agricultural centre in a rural area
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