market town


Definition of market town

: a usually small town that has the privilege of holding a public market at stated times

Examples of market town in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The dominant idea is that the party’s future lurks in places such as Bishop Auckland, a market town in County Durham, rather than Battersea, a London suburb stuffed with well-off young parents. The Economist, "London’s mayoral race shows Tory disregard for the capital," 22 Aug. 2019 Small-market towns have to come up with something else. J. Michael, Indianapolis Star, "Is there any hope for small-market teams like the Pacers when it comes to NBA free agency?," 15 July 2019 In this affluent market town just west of London, John Strafford is orchestrating a campaign to oust his local Conservative lawmaker for being too pro-European. Max Colchester, WSJ, "‘Armchair Warriors’: British Split Over Brexit Forms Political Fissures," 24 Feb. 2019 Some of my idiocy was knocked from me by a constant procession of small shocks about the way the world outside my rural market town actually worked. Donal Ryan, WSJ, "Five Best: Donal Ryan on Novels About College Days," 13 Sep. 2018 The event brings thousands of spectators and hundreds of competitors to this ancient market town located 40 miles west of London. Ruth Bloomfield, WSJ, "A Fashionable Escape From London Loses Its Buoyancy," 27 June 2018 Photo: Charles Pertwee/Bloomberg NEWS On a recent Wednesday, Mr. Rafizi rolled in to Tangkak, a dusty market town south of the capital, Kuala Lumpur, and launched into an hour-long harangue about Mr. Najib’s leadership. James Hookway, WSJ, "Malaysia Elections: Opposition Seeks to Slay Goliath With Smarter Campaigning," 7 May 2018 The rising lake is now just ten miles away from the old market town of Aralsk, where the walls of an empty harbor have been dry for decades. Ken Jennings, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Aral Sea Is Refilling for the First Time in Decades," 25 June 2018 What remains of one of Spain’s earliest cities is enough to paint the picture of a thriving market town with its own places of worship, salt factories and irrigation, art, palaces for the wealthy and what would have been stone shanties for the poor. Smithsonian, "Explore the Ancient Ruins of Empúries," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of market town

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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10 Oct 2019

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“Market town.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 November 2019.

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