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 She was born in Keren, northwest of Asmara, to Italian parents who had immigrated to Eastern Africa to open an emporium. Marella Caracciolo Chia, ELLE Decor, "This Textile Designer’s Vibrant Milan Abode Hums With Her Creative Spirit," 22 Apr. 2021 The sprawling 35,000-square-foot eat-drink-and-be-merry emporium has all the ingredients for fun. Rick Nelson, Star Tribune, "The 5 best things our food writers ate in the Twin Cities this week," 9 Apr. 2021 This food emporium, once known for carrying exotic goods even in the time of Soviet rations, is now trying to sell the last of its stock. Washington Post, "This grand Moscow store was a land of plenty since the czars. Its 120-year run is near an end.," 4 Apr. 2021 In recent years, Amazon and the beauty emporium Ulta Beauty both opened sprawling fulfillment centers there. New York Times, "How a Minimum-Wage Increase Is Being Felt in a Low-Wage City," 14 Feb. 2021 First of all the 5,000-square-ft. store, in Berea’s West Valley Plaza, is a pet supply emporium, with an a prodigious array of pet care products, toys and pet-food brands -- and even a do-it-yourself dog-wash facility. Rich Heileman, cleveland, "Give your pooch a wash at Berea’s Pet Supplies Plus: Around The Town," 5 Mar. 2021 The Water Room, and gourmet food emporium Mercantile & Mash. Lydia Mansel, Travel + Leisure, "Charleston Travel Guide," 1 Mar. 2021 Fry’s was the magical electronics emporium where so many of us bought our first CD burners, flatscreen monitors, cordless vacuums, wireless printers, or ATI Radeon 9800 graphics cards. Parker Hall, Wired, "So Long, Fry's. I Learned Everything About Gadgets From You," 24 Feb. 2021 Since 1930, when his son Michele opened the family’s first pizza emporium, the Condurros have been turning out marinaras and margheritas and...nothing else. Francesco Lastrucci, Smithsonian Magazine, "Inside Naples’ World-Famous Pizza Culture," 20 Feb. 2021

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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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2 May 2021

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“Emporium.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emporium. Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of emporium

old-fashioned : a store or shop

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