shopping center


: a group of retail stores and service establishments usually with ample parking facilities and usually designed to serve a community or neighborhood

called also shopping plaza

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Still, the Catholic Archdiocese of Boston seems shaken by the prospect of Satanic Temple members in red bodysuits and costume-shop devil's horns amassing near the Copley Place shopping center. Dennis Romero, NBC News, 25 Apr. 2023 Target, Home Goods, Marshalls, restaurants chains — the mall is dead, but long live the shopping center. Greg Petro, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2023 Long before the pastry painting was installed, the town had allowed other murals at a local shopping center, but in December the town found that three of those artworks are, indeed, signs that violate size limits. Kathy Mccormack, Fortune, 18 Apr. 2023 And driving east on Glades Road lets drivers reach Florida Atlantic University, as well as the University Commons shopping center, among other destinations. Amber Bonefont, Sun Sentinel, 24 Mar. 2023 The Auchan superstore occupies almost half of the shopping center’s surface area, on two levels. Annie Ernaux, The New Yorker, 7 Mar. 2023 Indeed, that evening, the police found my mother’s car at a nearby shopping center, where the robber was assumed to have stashed his actual getaway vehicle. Dan Hernandez, Longreads, 28 Feb. 2023 The Niles store, located at 8526 W. Golf Road, a few doors west of Walmart in the same shopping center, opened its doors Feb. 23. Caroline Kubzansky, Chicago Tribune, 24 Feb. 2023 Two of those blocks were on a one-mile stretch of Benning Road, including the Benco shopping center. Peter Hermann, Washington Post, 3 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1898, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of shopping center was in 1898

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Cite this Entry

“Shopping center.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition

shopping center

: a group of retail stores and service establishments usually located in a suburban area and having a large parking lot
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