stock market


a particular market where stocks and bonds are traded; stock exchange.
the market for stocks throughout a nation: The stock market reacted strongly to the president's speech.

Origin of stock market

First recorded in 1800–10 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of stock market

Historical Examples of stock market

  • Its homage will never be commanded by peace, presented as the tutelary deity of the stock-market.

  • A hurrying broker's clerk smiled superciliously, recognizing a stock-market loser talking of himself to himself, as they all do.

    H. R.

    Edwin Lefevre

  • They were stock-market gamblers, manipulators pure and simple.

    North of Fifty-Three

    Bertrand W. Sinclair

  • You think the stock-market has a very cheerful look, even with Erie—of which you are a large holder—down to seventy-five.

    Dream Life

    Donald G. Mitchell

  • Iron, more sensitive than the stock-market, was the barometer, and its readings in the Southern field were growing portentous.

    The Quickening

    Francis Lynde

British Dictionary definitions for stock market

stock market


another name for stock exchange (def. 1)
the usual US name for stock exchange (def. 2)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for stock market

"place where securities are bought and sold, 1809, from stock (n.2) + market. The original Stock Market (mid-14c.) was a fish and meat market in the City of London on or near the later site of Mansion House, so called perhaps because it occupied the site of a former stocks.]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for stock market

stock market

A market in which stocks are bought and sold (see stock exchange). Also, the general condition of the sale of securities in a corporation.

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