\ ˈmärt How to pronounce mart (audio) \

Definition of mart

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 archaic : a coming together of people to buy and sell : fair entry 2 sense 1
2 obsolete : the activity of buying and selling also : bargain
3 : market


marted; marting; marts

Definition of mart (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to deal in : sell

Examples of mart in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Island Marine Fuel is the only mini-mart on the harbor that can supply beer, wine, ice, fresh limes and, of course, marine products. Susan Hoffman, Daily Pilot, "After 8 decades, Balboa Island fuel dock is Newport Harbor’s scuttlebutt central," 30 Aug. 2019 There’s a little health-food mart around the corner from the theater as well. Scott Meslow, GQ, "Joshua Jackson on the Wallets He Buys in Bulk and the Rye Whiskey That Helps Him Sleep," 29 May 2018 Some prefer small, eclectic boutiques, some opt for trade-only marts and one takes a down-to-earth, budget-conscious approach. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "13 design stores: Bay Area interior designers’ favorite places to shop," 27 July 2019 On our trip, my purse was stolen and two charges totaling about $900 at some kind of quick-mart were approved., "Health savings account card used fraudulently at South American convenience store: Money Matters," 21 July 2019 Black Spruce, a Chinese investors group, wants to create a trade mart for Chinese companies to sell clothing, toys, furniture and other items to U.S. retailers. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Former Northridge Mall demolition order reasonable, city commission rules; court appeal likely," 18 July 2019 At the Eastridge Market, the mini-mart was doing a brisk business despite aisles awash in a sticky stew of liquor and broken glass from a cascade of bottles that the quake sent cascading to the floor. Chris Woodyard, USA TODAY, "Earthquakes ravaged Los Angeles and San Francisco. So, what spared this city in the California desert?," 9 July 2019 The construction of the Global Center, originally dubbed the medical mart, along with the adjoining convention center cost $465 million, and is being paid for with a quarter-cent increase of the sales tax in 2007. Courtney Astolfi,, "Global Health Center for Innovation losing its largest tenant," 2 July 2019 But those numbers aren’t splayed across billboards and shown in countless mini marts across America. Scott Mcfetridge, The Seattle Times, "Mega Millions, Powerball prizes come down to math, long odds," 23 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Rachel Robinson, quien tiene actualmente 95 años, estuvo el martes en Los Ángeles, para participar en la ceremonia del primer lanzamiento para el juego que puso en marcha la Serie Mundial entre los Dodgers de los Ángeles y los Astros de Houston. El Sentinel, "Gorra de Jackie Robinson, subastada en 590,000 dólares," 31 Oct. 2017 El atacante del Toronto FC, Jozy Altidore, anota ante el América de México en la primera mitad del juego de ida por las semifinales de la Liga de Campeones de CONCACAF el martes 3 de abril de 2018 en Toronto. Oliver Platt, Pro Soccer USA, "Club América coach Miguel Herrera accuses Toronto police of assaulting his players," 3 Apr. 2018 El martes 30 de enero a las 22h30, RMTV estrena #EnelCorazóndeLaDuodécima!, "VIDEO: New Documentary Gives Fascinating Insight into Zidane's Champions League Final Team Talk," 2 Feb. 2018 YOUR CALENDARS The HAMMS Event, the dog-friendly, annual local makers mart in St. Paul, is back for another installment. Nancy Ngo, Twin Cities, "Herberger’s calling local artisans to submit products for in-store shop," 2 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of mart


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1589, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mart


Middle English, from Middle Dutch marct, mart, ultimately from L. mercatus market — more at market

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English Language Learners Definition of mart

chiefly US : a place where things are bought and sold


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Kids Definition of mart

: a trading place : market

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