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 Biden's maternal great-great-great-grandfather Edward Blewitt grew up in the market town of Ballina, known for salmon fishing and for being the birthplace of Ireland's first female president, Mary Robinson. NBC News, "Joe Biden's Irish ancestral hometown Ballina revels in win, as London grows uneasy over Brexit," 18 Nov. 2020 Leominster, in the West Midlands area of England, is an ancient market town where the past and the present are jumbled together like coins in a change purse. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, "The Curse of the Buried Treasure," 9 Nov. 2020 But the small corner shop on Windmill Street in Royal Tunbridge Wells, a historic market town in Kent, has never been busier. Natasha Khullar Relph, The Christian Science Monitor, "Once struggling, Britain’s corner shops give comfort to UK shoppers," 21 Sep. 2020 Sir Graham Brady, a Tory bigwig, has represented the medieval market town since 1997, and his party hasn’t lost since 1924. The Economist, "The Labour Party Keir Starmer, middle-class hero," 29 Aug. 2020 Meals aboard range from simple and satisfying to full-on decadent — like grand cru wines and four-course meals on Barge Lady’s upper-end cruises, with ingredients guests sourced that day as the barge passed a market town or an artisanal cheesemaker. Elizabeth Heath, Washington Post, "Why this may be the moment for a micro cruise," 2 July 2020 She was sentenced to eighteen months in the women’s prison at Hoheneck, a grim red brick fortress on a hill above a Saxon market town. Hari Kunzru, The New Yorker, "A Transparent Woman," 29 June 2020 Since 1885 residents of Bury, a market town of 190,000 people on Manchester’s northern fringe, have gathered at this lump of red brick and corrugated iron to watch their local team. The Economist, "Football marks the boundary between England’s winners and losers," 29 Feb. 2020 From his sofa in the historic market town of Bishop's Stortford, Dearman immediately saw both the logic of Hertzberg's design and a way of improving on it. Nicola Twilley, Wired, "A One-Time Poultry Farmer Invents the Future of Refrigeration," 1 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of market town

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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26 Nov 2020

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“Market town.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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