af·​ter·​mar·​ket ˈaf-tər-ˌmär-kət How to pronounce aftermarket (audio)
plural aftermarkets
: the market for parts and accessories used in the repair or enhancement of a product (such as an automobile)
: a secondary market (see market entry 1 sense 4c(1)) available after sales in the original market are finished
a movie in the DVD aftermarket
: the market for a stock following its initial public offering when its shares can be freely traded among investors

Examples of aftermarket in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And there’s been a surge of interest in using the metaverse in the aftermarket, with nearly one-third of respondents already implementing or experimenting with virtual aftermarket services. Jean-Louis Rassineux, Forbes, 16 Feb. 2024 The specialty automotive aftermarket industry isn’t just crucial to one part of the country. Mike Spagnola, Fortune, 5 Oct. 2023 But many of those IPOs performed badly in the aftermarket. Byluisa Beltran, Fortune, 20 Mar. 2024 This type of asbestos is used in car parts such as aftermarket automotive brakes and linings and other vehicle friction products and gaskets. Jen Christensen, CNN, 18 Mar. 2024 Made of 18-karat white gold, the 41 mm Royal Oak is dripping with (aftermarket) white stones. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 16 Mar. 2024 Questionable liquidity and limited access to Nvidia shares in aftermarket trading triggered massive volatility and, eventually, buying in Nasdaq 100 futures. Moneyshow, Forbes, 1 Mar. 2024 The stock plunged another 16% in aftermarket trading after Rivian posted its earnings. William Gavin, Quartz, 21 Feb. 2024 However, Apple was caught lobbying against a right-to-repair bill in Oregon earlier this month that would rule out parts pairing, a requirement that companies like Apple impose that prevents users from repairing a device with aftermarket parts. Emma Roth, The Verge, 29 Feb. 2024

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Word History


after- + market entry 1

First Known Use

1887, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Time Traveler
The first known use of aftermarket was in 1887

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“Aftermarket.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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