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market town

n
(Human Geography) chiefly Brit a town that holds a market, esp an agricultural centre in a rural area
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Noun1.market town - a (usually small) town where a public market is held at stated timesmarket town - a (usually small) town where a public market is held at stated times
town - an urban area with a fixed boundary that is smaller than a city; "they drive through town on their way to work"
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Thence I traveled with post-horses to the market-town which was nearest to Greenwater Broad.
Swiftly he ran across the fields, and down the little lanes which sometimes divided them: now almost hidden by the high corn on either side, and now emerging on an open field, where the mowers and haymakers were busy at their work: nor did he stop once, save now and then, for a few seconds, to recover breath, until he came, in a great heat, and covered with dust, on the little market-place of the market-town.
The road to the westward, curving away behind the farm, led to the nearest market-town.