em·​po·​ri·​um | \ im-ˈpȯr-ē-əm How to pronounce emporium (audio) , em- \
plural emporiums also emporia\ im-​ˈpȯr-​ē-​ə How to pronounce emporia (audio) , em-​ \

Definition of emporium

1a : a place of trade especially : a commercial center
b : a retail outlet a hardware emporium a pizza emporium
2 : a store carrying many different kinds of merchandise

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an emporium for home electronic equipment filled with stuff I didn't know I needed but now desperately want
Recent Examples on the Web What's more, Under Armour is considering abandoning plans to open a flagship store in New York City just a few blocks away from Nike's massive emporium on Fifth Avenue given the expense, in what would be a symbolically tough concession to reality. Phil Wahba, Fortune, "Under Armour shares plunge 17% on grim forecast," 12 Feb. 2020 In France’s capital, the Galeries Lafayette shopping emporium is usually packed with Chinese visitors and the typical luxury shop has at least one Chinese-speaking employee on hand. Miho Inada, WSJ, "From Bangkok to the Boulevards of Paris, Absence of Chinese Tourists Hits Hard," 29 Jan. 2020 The result is a kind of tapas emporium presenting Indian items with an American twist — a kind of comfort-food Indian fusion. Rand Richards Cooper, courant.com, "Review: House of Naan in New Haven mixes traditional with modern for comfort-food Indian fusion," 26 Nov. 2019 These restaurants — among them one of the city’s most exclusive sushi emporiums and what amounts to a neighborhood pizza shop — have created menus for the event that celebrate the virtues Mr. Wells highlighted in his reviews of their work. Sam Sifton, New York Times, "Finding the Deliciousness in New York City," 26 Sep. 2019 On the handmade emporium Etsy.com, the shop TwentySevenUK sells a small wooden racing car that can be engraved with a child’s name and a special date. Washington Post, "As a novelty or a favorite, wooden toys can make great gifts," 20 Nov. 2019 Chowdown at an underground food hall In Tokyo, and throughout most major cities in Japan, department stores aren’t just shopping emporiums, but rather mouth-watering dining destinations. Lindsay Cohn, USA TODAY, "10 things to do in Tokyo: Kabuki plays, robot restaurants and more must-try experiences," 2 Jan. 2020 In fact, the hunting-fishing emporium Cabela’s in Woodbury gets it right with the Speckled Loon Café. Bob Shaw, Twin Cities, "From Swedish meatballs to smoothies: More businesses are making room for food options to enhance retail experience," 15 Dec. 2019 The 42,000-square-foot coffee emporium, in a glassy four-story building that formerly housed Crate & Barrel, is the chain’s sixth and final Reserve Roastery, which are meant to offer customers a theatrical experience. Alexia Elejalde-ruiz, chicagotribune.com, "Can’t wait for Starbucks’ Chicago Roastery to open? Good news for you.," 7 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of emporium

1586, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for emporium

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

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The first known use of emporium was in 1586

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19 Feb 2020

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“Emporium.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emporium. Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of emporium

old-fashioned : a store or shop

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