Definitions

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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • While providing hot fries at your local junk food emporium is indeed service, and far be it from me to detract from the act of earning an honest dollar, if you are attempting to equate such service with putting your life on the line for our country, you cheapen all you claim to honor.

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  • We were both quite surprised to find ourselves alone in the mega emporium, which is usually swarming with shoppers.

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  • Give your event a whole different flavor and avoid cleanup by hosting it at an ice rink, bowling alley, ceramic-making studio, swimming pool or laser-tag emporium.

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  • The emporium is a microcosm of the gallery: mixing books about art history with well-designed products, such as brightly coloured bags and mugs, it makes the once-formidable area of modern art seem accessible, aspirational and friendly.

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  • Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi is a fan of the two-story ingredient emporium, which is crammed floor to ceiling with bags of Eastern spices, grains, sauces, and nuts (small bag of Kalustyan's curry powder, $5). kalustyans. com.

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  • To be fair, though, that movie is American Gangster – which looks likely to be one of the films of the year – and not Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium, although that's because the only word Jay-Z could find to rhyme with 'emporium' was 'crematorium' rather than his decision being based on any kind of artistic standpoint.

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  • Sam's Club is a large wholesale emporium which is owned by the Walton's.

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  • I kept him in sight as he headed west, passing numerous small businesses: a pizza parlor, a gas station, a U-Haul rental, a home improvement "emporium," and a garden shop.

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  • When it became publicly known that Tom Hotchkiss had absconded with the funds and the door of his "emporium" was shut, there was scarcely a person in Polktown who, it seemed, could not have told Uncle Jason Tom was dishonest.

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  • They passed one of the largest stores in Polktown -- an "emporium" as the gilt sign stated -- which had been opened only a few months.

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