em·​po·​ri·​um im-ˈpȯr-ē-əm How to pronounce emporium (audio)
plural emporiums also emporia im-ˈpȯr-ē-ə How to pronounce emporium (audio)
: a place of trade
especially : a commercial center
: a retail outlet
a hardware emporium
a pizza emporium
: a store carrying many different kinds of merchandise

Examples of emporium in a Sentence

an emporium for home electronic equipment filled with stuff I didn't know I needed but now desperately want
Recent Examples on the Web Before the interactive, make-a-mess emporiums became a reality, Robinovitz was struggling to simply get through the day. Todd Martens, Los Angeles Times, 15 Feb. 2024 The Friday night crowd at Eureka!, a burger and craft beer emporium anchoring the far west corner of the town’s Packing House District shopping center, was hopping. Sam McManis, Sacramento Bee, 25 Jan. 2024 The city’s creativity also thrives across fashion and design, and a clutch of new boutiques and design emporiums is shining a light on emerging and established talents alike. Sarah Khan, Robb Report, 12 Dec. 2023 Beekman Arms Antique Market Tucked away in a two-story barn, this emporium draws antiquaries from around the Hudson Valley. Wendy O’Dea, Travel + Leisure, 21 Nov. 2023 The rise in e-commerce and a growing distaste for giant emporiums are softening demand for department stores and other big-box space. Kate King, WSJ, 12 Dec. 2023 This cotton emporium in the Kala Ghoda neighborhood is a must-visit for souvenirs and climate-appropriate clothing. Flora Stubbs, Travel + Leisure, 28 Nov. 2023 This was on a recent Friday afternoon at the Mysterious Bookshop, a Manhattan emporium dedicated to thrillers, detective stories, spy stories and noir classics. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, 27 Nov. 2023 Meanwhile, George Chen, a San Francisco restaurateur, is scheduled to open a massive multistory food emporium called Asia Live in the Carrousel du Louvre, which opens onto the Louvre. R.o. Kwon, Condé Nast Traveler, 22 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History


Latin, from Greek emporion, from emporos traveler, trader, from em- en- entry 2 + poros passage, journey — more at fare

First Known Use

1586, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of emporium was in 1586

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Cite this Entry

“Emporium.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emporium. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


em·​po·​ri·​um im-ˈpōr-ē-əm How to pronounce emporium (audio)
plural emporiums also emporia
: a center of business activity
: a store carrying a wide variety of merchandise
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