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 emporium (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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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 Once the height of Atlanta society, then a head-turning zoo exhibit and magic emporium, mental health hospital, a dilapidated ruin, and, most recently, a movie and television set, the Briarcliff Mansion will soon start its next chapter. Hunter Boyce, ajc, 24 June 2022 Billed as Palm Beach’s oldest shop (since 1928), Kassatly’s is an emporium for fine linens, luxurious sleepwear, and classic cashmere. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, 19 May 2022 Lavinia is a two-floor wine emporium in Salamanca that has sidewalk tables. Christian L. Wright, WSJ, 29 Apr. 2022 Their investigation leads them to a rare book emporium, whose owner Ada (Demetria McKinney) takes an interest to the occult and could provide the missing pieces to their puzzle. Marc Berman, Forbes, 19 May 2022 Lily et Cie, the vintage emporium frequented by A-list celebrities including Kim Kardashian West, Jennifer Lopez, and Kirsten Dunst for the Oscars. Mackenzie Wagoner, Vogue, 22 Apr. 2022 Brian drove to five stores looking for ingredients, and not even Canyon Market, the emporium of the obscure, sold buckwheat honey. Kevin Fisher-paulson, San Francisco Chronicle, 29 Mar. 2022 And, true to form with the celebrity sightings that helped to propel the chain’s growth, the sweets emporium and restaurant will launch with star power. Cheryl V. Jackson, The Indianapolis Star, 28 Mar. 2022 Bvlgari, which began life as a small jewelry emporium, opened in 1884 by a Greek immigrant just a couple of miles east of the Vatican, has introduced a host of game-changing pieces to the horological canon. Nick Scott, Robb Report, 21 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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1 Jul 2022

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“Emporium.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emporium. Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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