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marketplace

or mar·ket place

[mahr-kit-pleys]
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noun
  1. an open area in a town where a market is held.
  2. the commercial world; the realm of business, trade, and economics.
  3. any sphere considered as a place where ideas, thoughts, artistic creations, etc., compete for recognition.
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Origin of marketplace

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at market, place
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marketplace

noun
  1. a place where a public market is held
  2. any centre where ideas, opinions, etc, are exchanged
  3. the commercial world of buying and selling
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Word Origin and History for marketplace

n.

late 14c., "place where a market is held," from market (n.) + place (n.). Figurative use is from 1942.

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