- market; trading center; trade center.
- a building, center, or exposition for the sale of goods by manufacturers and wholesalers to retail merchants.
- Archaic. a fair.
- Obsolete. bargain.
Origin of mart1
1400–50; late Middle English < Middle Dutch mar(c)t market
- a cow or ox fattened for slaughter.
Origin of mart2
1300–50; Middle English < Scots Gaelic; compare MIr mart ox or cow slaughtered for meat, carcass, hence a live ox or cow
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Examples from the Web for mart
At the opening-night party, Mart Crowley saw Mae West sitting alone, except for the company of two musclemen bodyguards.When Hollywood Flirted with Porn: 1969, ‘Myra Breckinridge,’ ‘Beyond the Valley of the Dolls,’ & 20th Century Fox
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I say, Mart, what is the use in being so horrid cross all the time?
He was studying her in a way that Mart did not in the least understand.
Mart was sharp-tongued; all her life had taught her to be so.
Mart, I've got tickets to a show,—a nice place,—and I want you to go along.
Then it would be doubly hard to Mart to have had the possibility suggested.
- a market or trading centre
C15: from Middle Dutch mart market
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Word Origin and History for mart
"market, gathering for buying and selling," mid-15c., from Middle Dutch markt, from Latin mercatus "trade" (see market).
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