from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A street and district in London, England. It was the market center of medieval London and the site of the Mermaid Tavern, a gathering place for Elizabethan poets and playwrights.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. any of several streets in English towns and cities that were originally marketplaces
  • proper n. a street, and surrounding district, in the City; links Newgate Street, Cornhill, Threadneedle Street, Poultry and Lomboard Street (and others)


From Middle English cheapĀ ("market") (Wiktionary)


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