Definitions

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

  • n. A market, usually held outdoors, where antiques, used household goods, and curios are sold.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An outdoor market selling inexpensive antiques, curios etc.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an open-air street market for inexpensive or secondhand articles

Etymologies

Translation of French marché aux puces, market with fleas.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
A calque of French marché aux puces. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The truth was that they were all garden-variety creatures, rescued from pound or flea market according-to the whims of the various family members; nobody else had wanted any of them.

    Yon Ill Wind

  • A number of interesting pieces from the Twenty-sixth Street flea market on Sixth Avenue.

    Mistress of Justice

  • Her stock was scant; customers were few, if any; she was out of place on Pear Island, where a flea market would be more appropriate; her prices seemed high, although ... what did he know about prices?

    The Cat Who Came To Breakfast

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