Em*po"ri*um (?), n.; pl. Emporiums (#), L. Emporia (#). [L., fr. Gr. , fr. belonging to commerce, fr. traveler, trader; in + way through and over, path. See In, and Empiric, Fare.]
A place of trade; a market place; a mart; esp., a city or town with extensive commerce; the commercial center of a country.
That wonderful emporium [Manchester] . . . was then a mean and ill-built market town.
It is pride . . . which fills our streets, our emporiums, our theathers.
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