from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The day on which people go to market; specifically, the fixed day on which a market is held in a town under a chartered privilege.


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  • Grumbling mightily at this intrusion on his time and dignity, the Warden of Land and Sea had no choice but to lumber over from the Alban Hills to the Circus Flaminius and submit himself to a series of insolent questions from the tribune, watched by a huge market-day crowd that temporarily set aside their bargaining and clustered around to gawk at him.


  • It was market-day, and the usual number of rogues and fools were assembled at the Cross.


  • Perugia, strongly fortified by art and nature, on a lofty eminence, rising abruptly from the plain where purple mountains mingle with the distant sky, is glowing, on its market-day, with radiant colours.

    Pictures from Italy

  • Friday nights, I often plan my dinners around finishing stuff from the fridge, getting ready for Saturday (market-day).

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  • Any market-day they may be beheld in glorious action.

    Reprinted Pieces

  • Fairoaks or live in it, and expected that he would not be long getting through his property, — this was all, and except with one or two who cherished her, the kind soul was forgotten by the next market-day.

    The History of Pendennis

  • It had been market-day, and remnants of the rural population that had visited the town still lingered at corners, their toes hanging over the edge of the pavement, and their eyes wandering about the street.

    The Hand of Ethelberta

  • It was the evening of a market-day, and some half-dozen middle-aged farmers and dairymen were lounging round the bar of the

    Wessex Tales

  • She could hear the usual faint noises from the camp, and in the other direction the trot of farmers on the road to the town, for it was market-day.

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  • On the first market-day he knew every pretty girl in the market: he joked with all the women: had a word with the farmers about their stock, and dined at the Agricultural Ordinary at the

    The History of Pendennis


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