Definition of mart in English:



  • usually with modifier A trade centre or market.

    ‘a liquor mart’
    • ‘A total of twenty-one programmes were in operation with dairy processors, livestock marts and meat plants.’
    • ‘Park and ride schemes using the auction mart as a base have been included and will exploit the opportunities of canal boats and shuttle buses.’
    • ‘All are partners in the project along with the auction mart and the agricultural society.’
    • ‘There is a very good selling trade in the marts for lambs.’
    • ‘The incident two months ago captured the attention of the world's media after the bull fled from the nearby auction mart and entered the centre.’
    • ‘The ban means all auction marts have ceased trading in livestock.’
    • ‘For any normal person, going to small food mart near campus was a simple, commonplace thing.’
    • ‘She drove to the gas station/food mart, listening to the radio and singing along.’
    • ‘There was a steadying of the cattle trade overall at the marts yesterday with larger supplies on offer at some sale centres.’
    • ‘He has also asked livestock marts and factories to renew their disinfection procedures.’
    • ‘The arts and handicraft mart would have been great for the village.’
    • ‘It envisages fewer and bigger sales centres and is encouraging marts to consolidate through mergers.’
    • ‘The food mart also has one of those large stainless-steel salad bars with every type of lettuce known to rabbit.’
    • ‘I looked around and confirmed that yes, this was the only store between the food mart and the bottle mart.’
    • ‘The company says the auction mart site has been chosen because it is a predominantly light industrial area.’
    • ‘Residents of the town will be able to use a free shuttle bus to take them up to the auction mart where there will be a feast of food and rural produce.’
    • ‘The livestock marts got back to normal in the past week following the suspension of the dealers' action.’
    • ‘These days he hardly went out at all - save to pick up his small son from school or to shop at his community mart or to attend church services.’
    • ‘Trade in the marts is also holding steady, although numbers were down in some places this week.’
    • ‘Will others who fly out frequently to attend travel marts emulate the example?’
    store, retail store, outlet, retail outlet, reseller, cash and carry
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Late Middle English: from Middle Dutch mart, variant of marct ‘market’.