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 Allowed: Walking your dog, ordering takeout food and cocktails, farmers markets, biking, getting gas, using laundromats as well as shopping at some liquor stores and medicinal marijuana emporiums. Anchorage Daily News, "Inside the long days of California’s great lockdown, glimpse America’s stay-at-home future," 22 Mar. 2020 With a penchant for industrial items and vintage Americana, Binker Brothers is not a conventional backroads emporium of Victorian furniture and bric-a-brac. David Lyon, BostonGlobe.com, "Simpler, gentler: A journey through the eastern N.H. hinterlands," 13 Aug. 2019 Khaki Juggernaut Gap, founded in 1969 in San Francisco, rose to prominence as a denim emporium selling jeans from Levi Strauss & Co., another Bay Area institution. Jonathan Roeder, Bloomberg.com, "Gap Backs Away From Plan to Spin Off Old Navy," 8 May 2020 Pike Place Market’s DeLaurenti, an import emporium with a famously on-point wine shop, is shipping everything from Umbrian olive oil to Oregon Pinot Noir across the country. Jessica Voelker, Condé Nast Traveler, "How to Support Small Business in Seattle During COVID-19," 13 Apr. 2020 The Adaptogenic Answer to Your Prayers Wild Terra, a sunny one-room emporium in Highland Park, Los Angeles, stocks a rainbow of herbs, tea, spices, and oils, along with a compact selection of beauty and cleaning products. Dakota Kim, Sunset Magazine, "Ditch the Plastic Packaging: 6 Refill Stores for Kitchen, Bath, and Home," 10 Feb. 2020 According to the Census Bureau, the number of do-it-yourself laundry emporiums has dropped 20% since 2005. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "Judge Recommends the Officer Who Killed Eric Garner Be Fired: raceAhead," 2 Aug. 2019 Those lifelong friends, roommates and business partners, Mia (Haddish) and Mel (Byrne), are the proprietors of a flailing cosmetics emporium. Garrett Mitchell, Detroit Free Press, "The laughs are recycled in lifeless ‘Like a Boss’," 9 Jan. 2020 The place to buy one in Tangier is Bleu de Fès, a multi-level emporium in the thick of the medina. Erin Florio, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Five-Stop Shopping Guide to Tangier," 9 Sep. 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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27 May 2020

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“Emporium.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emporium. Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of emporium

old-fashioned : a store or shop

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