Definition of emporium in English:



  • 1A large retail store selling a wide variety of goods.

    • ‘When it was finished Marsh's store was obviously going to be a fine emporium.’
    • ‘And both companies are targeting women, who may be more likely to walk into a boutique-style store than the disorienting emporiums where most gadgets are sold.’
    • ‘Glasgow's restaurants and retail emporia lead the way in beating recession through manic shopping.’
    • ‘Still, the best news may be the growing evidence that, to win over younger shoppers, department stores simply need to get better at being what they used to be: beautifully designed emporiums that gather unique products in one place.’
    • ‘In a cute retro touch in our fashion special this week, you can cut out and keep your favourite outfits and present them at a shopping emporium near you for further instructions.’
    • ‘Hong Kong, China, Vietnam, Russia, Sri Lanka and Canada are all extensions of their factories and workplaces and their glittering crafts are found in retail emporia around the world.’
    • ‘They survive thanks to a loyal clientele, and a store buyer who wants to give the impression that you can find whatever you need at this emporium.’
    • ‘Midtown gets mighty crowded, but it's the place to go for department stores and designer emporiums.’
    • ‘From the less known feather dusters to the famous clay terracotta horse sold in leading Indian emporiums - Bengal produces a wide variety of handicrafts.’
    • ‘You are still rubbing your eyes with wonderment and disbelief when the plane lands and you are welcomed into an airport emporium where hundreds of shops seduce you with designer bags, watches and one-kilogram bars of solid gold.’
    • ‘Dozens of high-end emporiums began to stock the company's signature purple boxes of truffles, and hotel chains signed on as customers.’
    • ‘Between 1850 and 1890, urban growth spawned giant emporiums that sold vast arrays of merchandise at fixed prices and provided services and amenities that encouraged customers to linger and browse.’
    • ‘Take the site of the Sogo Department Store, a high-end emporium that once sold everything from elegant kimonos to shockingly expensive packets of dried seaweed.’
    • ‘After all, it seems that his French stores are more deeply loved than his increasingly deserted UK emporia.’
    • ‘This is primarily a family destination, as witnessed by the myriad small amusement parks and large shopping emporia selling beanie babies along the main strip.’
    shop, store, boutique, outlet, retail outlet, reseller
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    1. 1.1archaic A centre of commerce; a market.
      • ‘Edged by marble columns, the marble-floored space in the bank will retain some of the features of its banking past - the counters in the centre will remain, to be incorporated into the emporium.’
      • ‘The tangled streets surrounding the expired emporium offer little competition: just ragged lots and puny structures in even more advanced stages of decay.’
      • ‘The labor to create a commercial emporium required thousands of workers, who made Baltimore one of the new nation's most diverse, plebeian - and in the eyes of some, disorderly - cities.’
      • ‘Zanzibar is one of Dublin's premier cattle mart emporiums.’


Late 16th century: from Latin, from Greek emporion, from emporos merchant, based on a stem meaning to journey.