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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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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Check out live entertainment, a fashion emporium, vendors and more as consumers mingle with natural-hair care professionals, barbers, students and salon owners. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "Here are 20 June festivals to fill your summer," 12 June 2019 Scheduled to open this spring but still under construction, The Shed is New York’s keenly anticipated new year-round, all-purpose cultural emporium for music, dance, theater, and visual arts. Dodie Kazanjian, Vogue, "Inside The Shed, Manhattan's New State-of-the-Art Cultural Venue," 12 Dec. 2018 Illuminating the French art of tea, a tradition mastered by the English, the emporium boasts the largest tea wall in the world, two restaurants, and even a tea museum. Elizabeth Wellington, Vogue, "Where to Find London’s Hidden French Side," 7 Jan. 2019 The gig emporium has traditionally facilitated extremely utilitarian, identifiable demands — like, say, graphic design or audio transcription. Luke.winkie, Vox, "Inside Venezuela’s YouTube prank economy," 12 Dec. 2018 Last night, Paltrow and Stuart Weitzman welcomed a stylish crew, including Amy Astley, Jennifer Fisher, and Lauren Santo Domingo, into her lifestyle emporium, appointed with every elegant accoutrement a Goopie could want. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Gwyneth Paltrow Celebrates Goop Lab’s New York Arrival," 15 Nov. 2018 That's why its latest deal is pretty much unheard of for the beauty emporium: For one weekend only, Sephora is giving out free face masks. Lindsay Schallon, Glamour, "Sephora Is Giving Away Free Face Masks, and There's No Catch," 25 July 2018 The food emporium serves as the backdrop for one of the most crucial scenes in A Star Is Born. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "A Star Is Born Has a Surprising Connection to Britney Spears' Crossroads," 20 Nov. 2018 La Grande Epicerie de Paris Le Bon Marché's flagship food emporium underwent massive renovations in recent years and is even more expansive than ever before, with nearly 3,000 square meters of retail space and some 25,000 products. Condé Nast Traveler, "20 Best Food Tours in Paris," 3 Mar. 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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The first known use of emporium was in 1586

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English Language Learners Definition of emporium

old-fashioned : a store or shop

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