from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A place where various goods are bought and sold; a marketplace.
- n. A large retail store or place of business: a furniture emporium.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A market place or trading centre, particularly of an ancient city.
- n. A shop that offers a wide variety of goods, often used facetiously.
- n. A department store.
- n. The brain.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A place of trade; a market place; a mart; esp., a city or town with extensive commerce; the commercial center of a country.
- n. The brain.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A place of trade; a mart; a town or city of important commerce, especially one in which the commerce of an extensive country centers, or to which sellers and buyers resort from other cities or countries; a commercial center.
- n. A bazaar; a shop or store for the sale of a great variety of articles.
- n. In anc. med., the brain, because there all mental affairs are transacted.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a large retail store organized into departments offering a variety of merchandise; commonly part of a retail chain
Latin, from Greek emporion, from emporos, traveler, merchant : en-, in; see en-2 + poros, journey; see per-2 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin emporium ("trading station, market town, market"); from Ancient Greek ἐμπορεῖον (emporion, "trading station"), from ἔμπορος (emporos, "merchant", "traveller", literally "incomer""), from ἐν (en, "in") and πόρος (poros, "fare") (Wiktionary)