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

  • n. A public gathering held for buying and selling merchandise.
  • n. A place where goods are offered for sale.
  • n. A store or shop that sells a particular type of merchandise: a vegetable market.
  • n. The business of buying and selling a specified commodity: the soybean market.
  • n. A market price.
  • n. A geographic region considered as a place for sales: grain for the foreign market; the West Coast market.
  • n. A subdivision of a population considered as buyers: cosmetics for the upscale market.
  • n. The opportunity to buy or sell; extent of demand for merchandise: a big market for gourmet foods.
  • n. An exchange for buying and selling stocks or commodities: securities sold on the New York market.
  • n. The entire enterprise of buying and selling commodities and securities: The market has been slow recently.
  • transitive v. To offer for sale.
  • transitive v. To sell.
  • intransitive v. To deal in a market.
  • intransitive v. To buy household supplies: We marketed for a special Sunday dinner.
  • idiom in the market Interested in buying: We are in the market for a used car.
  • idiom on the market Available for buying: Many kinds of seasonal flowers are on the market.
  • idiom on the market Up for sale: They put the family business on the market.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. City square or other fairly spacious site where traders set up stalls and buyers browse the merchandise.
  • n. An organised, often periodic, trading event at such site
  • n. A group of potential customers for one's product.
  • n. A geographical area where a certain commercial demand exist
  • n. A formally organized, sometimes monopolistic, system of trading in specified goods or effects
  • n. The sum total traded in a process of individuals trading for certain commodities.
  • v. To make (products or services) available for sale and promote them.
  • v. To sell

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A meeting together of people, at a stated time and place, for the purpose of buying and selling (as cattle, provisions, wares, etc.) by private purchase and sale, and not by auction.
  • n. A public place (as an open space in a town) or a large building, where a market is held; a market place or market house; esp., a place where provisions are sold.
  • n. An opportunity for selling or buying anything; demand, as shown by price offered or obtainable
  • n. Exchange, or purchase and sale; traffic
  • n. The price for which a thing is sold in a market; market price. Hence: Value; worth.
  • n. The privelege granted to a town of having a public market.
  • n. A specified group of potential buyers, or a region in which goods may be sold; a town, region, or country, where the demand exists.
  • intransitive v. To deal in a market; to buy or sell; to make bargains for provisions or goods.
  • transitive v. To expose for sale in a market; to traffic in; to sell in a market, and in an extended sense, to sell in any manner.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To deal in a market; buy or sell; make bargains for provisions or goods.
  • To carry to or sell in a market; make market or sale for; vend; sell: as, to market meat or vegetables; to market a crop.
  • n. An occasion on which goods are publicly exposed for sale and buyers assemble to purchase; the meeting together of people for selling and buying at private sale, as distinguished from an auction, where the sale is public.
  • n. A public place or building where goods are exposed for sale; a market-place or market-house.
  • n. The assemblage of people in a market: as, there was a large market to-day.
  • n. A place of purchase and sale in general; a city, country, region, or locality where anything is or may be bought or sold: as, the home or foreign market (the country in which goods are produced, or that to which they are transported or from which they are brought); the American or British market; the London market.
  • n. Traffic; trade; purchase or sale, or rate of purchase and sale; demand; hence, price; cost; worth; valuation: as, to make market; a ready market; a dull market; the market is low; there is no market for such goods.
  • n. In English law: The franchise or liberty granted to or enjoyed by a municipality or other body to establish a place, usually in an open space, for the meeting of people to buy and sell under prescribed conditions.
  • n. The assemblage of buyers and sellers on the day and within the hours appointed.
  • n. On the stock-exchange, one of the classes into which the business of the exchange is divided; a group of jobbers engaged in a particular kind of business.

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

  • n. a marketplace where groceries are sold
  • n. the customers for a particular product or service
  • v. make commercial
  • v. engage in the commercial promotion, sale, or distribution of
  • v. buy household supplies
  • n. the world of commercial activity where goods and services are bought and sold
  • v. deal in a market
  • n. the securities markets in the aggregate
  • n. an area in a town where a public mercantile establishment is set up


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

Middle English, from Old North French, from Vulgar Latin *marcātus, from Latin mercātus, from past participle of mercārī, to buy, from merx, merc-, merchandise.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Recorded since circa 1154, "a meeting at a fixed time for buying and selling livestock and provisions". From Old Northern French markiet (Old French marchié, modern marché), from Latin mercātus ("trade, market"), from mercor ("I trade, deal in, buy"), itself derived from merx ("wares, merchandise"), from the Italic root *merk-, possibly stemming from Etruscan, referring to various aspects of economics.



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  • I've seen this usage before in business documents. It's a head-up-arse way of saying typical. Almost all salaries are "market", since they're driven by the labour market.

    March 4, 2009

  • The firm's salaries are market

    —in text I'm editing. This shows that the writer has treated 'market' as an adjective, since the bare noun is not possible in that position. Presumably influenced by both the noun-noun expression 'market salary' and adjectives such as 'market-driven', 'market-competitive', etc. But these compounds are the only ghits I see for "salaries are market", so I'm going to treat it as a nonce-formation and edit it out.

    March 3, 2009

  • MARkeT

    May 5, 2008