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 Ford, who is in her early fifties, is from Nantwich, a market town in Cheshire. Sam Knight, The New Yorker, 28 Mar. 2022 His first gig was in May 1973 at The Townhouse in Wellington, a market town in Shropshire, England, not far south of Birmingham, the heavy-metal breeding ground of Judas Priest, Black Sabbath and two members of Led Zeppelin. Ed Masley, The Arizona Republic, 14 Mar. 2022 Jewelry from the collection of Victoria, Lady de Rothschild goes on sale next week at Dreweatts, a British auctioneer based in Newbury, a market town about 60 miles west of London. Victoria Gomelsky, Robb Report, 4 Mar. 2022 Woodstock, a market town in heart of the Cotswolds, steeped in history and home to Blenheim Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Kate Hardcastle, Forbes, 30 Jan. 2022 In the west of Ireland lies a medieval market town, its roots steeped in legend. Kara Fox, CNN, 23 Jan. 2022 Northallerton is a bustling and thriving market town in North Yorkshire. Kate Hardcastle, Forbes, 30 Jan. 2022 Many retailers in this old market town have long held Amazon. WSJ, 21 Jan. 2022 Redu holds a vaunted place in the history of book towns, an honorific that originated with an eccentric Brit who brought hundreds of thousands of books to the Welsh market town Hay-on-Wye in the 1960s. Washington Post, 26 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of market town

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of market town was in the 15th century

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market town

market value

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1 Apr 2022

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“Market town.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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