mar·​ket·​place | \ ˈmär-kət-ˌplās \

Definition of marketplace

1a : an open square or place in a town where markets or public sales are held
b : market the marketplace is the interpreter of supply and demand
2 : the world of trade or economic activity : the everyday world
3 : a sphere in which intangible values compete for acceptance the marketplace of ideas

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Synonyms for marketplace


business, commerce, trade, traffic

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Examples of marketplace in a Sentence

Their products must compete in the marketplace. The company has struggled to survive in a rapidly changing marketplace.

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Along with a picture of a possibly important meeting between Aladdin and Genie, fans can also see Aladdin running through the marketplace, a first look at Jafar, Jasmine wearing a dazzling dress, and of course, Aladdin's monkey sidekick, Abu. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Here’s Your First Peek at the “Aladdin” Live-Action Cast in Their Movie Wardrobe," 19 Dec. 2018 Part marketplace—a host of brands are on hand to sell their wares—part information session, it is powered by consumers who have traditionally been underserved. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "How Curvy Con’s Founders Are Making Fashion Week Better and More Body Positive," 6 Sep. 2018 Being active in the marketplace is no guarantee for making signings and transfer deals, though. Patrick Brennan,, "Why FC Cincinnati will target South, Central America for building MLS roster," 10 July 2018 The group -- Hannah Mulholland, Jennifer Wayne and Naomi Cooke -- expect to have an EP in the marketplace before year's end. Tom Roland, Billboard, "Ten New Acts Ready to Bolt From Country's Starting Gate In Last Half Of 2018," 3 July 2018 That removal includes the Xbox 360 marketplace, according to a follow-up tweet. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Alan Wake returns to digital storefronts after music rights snafu [Updated]," 26 Oct. 2018 Having worked closely with the UN in the past, the Duchess was keen to learn of their latest women’s project, Markets for Change, which works to promote female empowerment in marketplaces throughout the South Pacific. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle's Latest Royal Appearance in Fiji Was Cut Short Due to a Security Risk," 24 Oct. 2018 Italian fare at Eataly’s La Scuola Eataly—the Italian food mecca that is part restaurant, part marketplace—offers its own cooking school, La Scuola. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "The Best Cooking and Baking Classes in New York City," 18 Oct. 2018 While Adata sells these drives as a third-party marketplace seller, the actual orders are fulfilled by Amazon. Ian Paul, PCWorld, "Replace your slow hard drive with these $25 SSDs," 20 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of marketplace

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of marketplace

: the economic system through which different companies compete with each other to sell their products

: a place in a town where products are bought and sold


mar·​ket·​place | \ ˈmär-kət-ˌplās \

Kids Definition of marketplace

: a location where public sales are held


mar·​ket·​place | \ ˈmär-kət-ˌplās \

Legal Definition of marketplace

: the economic system through which different companies compete with each other to sell their products

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