bear market

noun

Definition of bear market

  1. :  a market in which securities or commodities are persistently declining in value — compare bull market

Origin and Etymology of bear market

1bear (one that sells in expectation of a price decline)


First Known Use: 1858


BEAR MARKET Defined for English Language Learners

bear market

noun

Definition of bear market for English Language Learners

  • finance : a market (such as a stock market) in which prices are going down



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