em·po·ri·um | \im-ˈpȯr-ē-əm, em-\
plural emporiums also emporia\im-ˈpȯr-ē-ə, 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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Synonyms for emporium


bazaar, shop (also shoppe), store

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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

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Defying their bosses, McCoy and Wattie traverse Glasgow high and low, going from prisons to homeless encampments, old-money mansions to pop-music emporiums. Tom Nolan, WSJ, "Mysteries: Glaswegian Goons," 4 May 2018 Ask a Shop Clerk Erik Fagerlind, co-founder of Swedish sneakerhead emporium SneakersNStuff, arrived downtown (22 Little W. 12th St.). Katy Schneider, The Cut, "Adult Beanbag Chairs, a Sneaker Shop-Nightclub, and Scandinavian Rain Gear," 7 Jan. 2018 The 180-seat restaurant will take over the spaces formerly occupied by La Piazza, which served street food and wine, and Il Pesce, which served fresh seafood, and will use all four kitchens at the Italian market and food hall emporium. Grace Wong, chicagotribune.com, "Eataly opens beach-inspired restaurant, plus other restaurant news," 26 June 2018 In addition to eco-friendly exhibitors, check out the local food emporium, kids’ activities, and more. BostonGlobe.com, "Summer guide: Things to do around Boston and Cambridge," 2 June 2018 Joining an outpost of the Milanese design emporium 10 Corso Como and a fish-centric food market by Jean-Georges Vongerichten in the rapidly revitalizing waterfront district, Mr. C Seaport adds to the European glamour quotient. Christian L. Wright, WSJ, "A Walking and Gawking Guide to Lower Manhattan," 4 Apr. 2018 An elderly gem emporium owner asks the protagonist to lift him out of his wheelchair and carry him to the waters for a late-night swim. Michael Berry, San Francisco Chronicle, "Science fiction and fantasy books: ‘Belly Up,’ ‘What Should Be Wild,’ ‘84K’," 7 June 2018 The Italian food emporium will open Sabbia on June 22. Grace Wong, chicagotribune.com, "Thai rolled ice cream comes to the Magnificent Mile, plus other restaurant news," 1 June 2018 And there’s a possible love interest in Paul (Josh Radnor), a fellow sad sack whose beloved video emporium is on the ropes and whose brittle, bossy wife (Aya Cash) would rather hire a male prostitute than conjugally indulge her husband. Theresa Bennett, New York Times, "Review: In ‘Social Animals,’ Stalled Lives and Sexual Frustrations," 31 May 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of emporium

: a store or shop

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