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em·po·ri·um

 (ĕm-pôr′ē-əm)
n. pl. em·po·ri·ums or em·po·ri·a (-pôr′ē-ə)
1. A place where various goods are bought and sold; a marketplace.
2. A large retail store or place of business: a furniture emporium.

[Latin, from Greek emporion, from emporos, traveler, merchant : en-, in; see en-2 + poros, journey; see per- in Indo-European roots.]

emporium

(ɛmˈpɔːrɪəm)
n, pl -riums or -ria (-rɪə)
(Commerce) a large and often ostentatious retail shop offering for sale a wide variety of merchandise
[C16: from Latin, from Greek emporion, from emporos merchant, from poros a journey]

em•po•ri•um

(ɛmˈpɔr i əm, -ˈpoʊr-)

n., pl. -po•ri•ums, -po•ri•a (-ˈpɔr i ə, -ˈpoʊr-)
1. a retail store selling a great variety of articles.
2. a chief commercial center.
[1580–90; < Latin < Greek empórion market, emporium =émpor(os) merchant, orig. traveler, passenger (n. derivative of en pórōi on a voyage, en route) + -ion n. suffix of place]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.emporium - a large retail store organized into departments offering a variety of merchandiseemporium - a large retail store organized into departments offering a variety of merchandise; commonly part of a retail chain
mercantile establishment, outlet, retail store, sales outlet - a place of business for retailing goods
retail chain - a chain of retail stores

emporium

noun (Old-fashioned) shop, market, store, supermarket, outlet, warehouse, department store, mart, boutique, bazaar, retail outlet, superstore, hypermarket a famous emporium whose branches grace the capitals of Europe

emporium

noun
A retail establishment where merchandise is sold:
Translations
مَتْجَر كَبيرمَرْكِز تِجاري
handelscentrumstormagasinvarehus
kereskedelmi központ
stórverslunverslunarmiîstöî
didelė parduotuvėprekybos centras
liels veikalstirdzniecības centrs
obchodné centrum
mağazaticaret merkezi

emporium

[emˈpɔːrɪəm] N (emporiums or emporia (pl)) [emˈpɔːrɪə]almacenes mpl, emporio m (LAm)

emporium

[ɛmˈpɔːriəm] [emporia] [ɛmˈpɔːriə] (pl) n (= shop) → grand magasin m
food emporium → grand magasin d'alimentation
beauty emporium → grand magasin de produits de beauté

emporium

nWarenhaus nt

emporium

[ɛmˈpɔːrɪəm] n (old) → emporio

emporium

(emˈpoːriəm) noun
1. a trading centre.
2. a large shop.
References in classic literature ?
The great emporium of its commerce, the great reservoir of its wealth, lies every moment at the mercy of events, and may almost be regarded as a hostage for ignominious compliances with the dictates of a foreign enemy, or even with the rapacious demands of pirates and barbarians.
San Francisco was no longer the legendary city of 1849--a city of banditti, assassins, and incendiaries, who had flocked hither in crowds in pursuit of plunder; a paradise of outlaws, where they gambled with gold-dust, a revolver in one hand and a bowie-knife in the other: it was now a great commercial emporium.
John Jacob Astor to establish an American emporium for the fur trade at the mouth of the Columbia, or Oregon River; of the failure of that enterprise through the capture of Astoria by the British, in 1814; and of the way in which the control of the trade of the Columbia and its dependencies fell into the hands of the Northwest Company.
I have no intention of describing fashionable society in the GREAT EMPORIUM of the WESTERN WORLD.
The chief factory was established at the old emporium of Michilimackinac, from which place the association took its name, and was commonly called the Mackinaw Company.
But the stupid world (in the person of the boy at the cigar emporium next door) jeers at such tokens of love.
Instead of her usual calico wrapper and knitted shawl she wore her best dress of brown merino, and above her thin strands of hair, which still preserved the tight undulations of the crimping-pins, rose a hard perpendicular bonnet, as to which Ethan's clearest notion was that he had to pay five dollars for it at the Bettsbridge Emporium.
The founder of that great emporium proved to be a brisk, crisp little person, very dapper and quick, with a clear head and a ready tongue.
I even conceived them lured into taking their house by the advertisement, "Conveniently situated for the Pork Emporium.
Mademoiselle Violet stood to him for the whole wonderful world of romance, into which he had peered dimly from behind the counter of an Islington emporium.
The man of the Fancy Repository and Brompton Emporium of Fine Arts (of whom she bought the screens, vainly hoping that he would repurchase them when ornamented by her hand) can hardly hide the sneer with which he examines these feeble works of art.
But it must be remembered that New York, as a great emporium of commerce, and as a place of general resort, not only from all parts of the States, but from most parts of the world, has always a large pauper population to provide for; and labours, therefore, under peculiar difficulties in this respect.