Definition of emporium in English:



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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Midtown gets mighty crowded, but it's the place to go for department stores and designer emporiums.’
    • ‘After all, it seems that his French stores are more deeply loved than his increasingly deserted UK emporia.’
    • ‘Glasgow's restaurants and retail emporia lead the way in beating recession through manic shopping.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘From the less known feather dusters to the famous clay terracotta horse sold in leading Indian emporiums - Bengal produces a wide variety of handicrafts.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When it was finished Marsh's store was obviously going to be a fine emporium.’
    shop, store, boutique, outlet, retail outlet, reseller
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    1. 1.1 A business establishment that specializes in products or services on a large scale (often used for humorously formal effect)
      ‘the world-famous food emporium’
      ‘you know those half-automated carwash emporia that advertise an “all-cloth wash?”’
      • ‘I'll have to investigate my local British food emporium next time I go to load up on kippers, proper bacon and so forth.’
      • ‘One emporium visited seemed to sell every conceivable kind and color of cowboy boot.’
      • ‘It's full of TV repair shops and cut-price mattress emporiums and cellphone franchises.’
      • ‘Drinkers at an established Malton drinking emporium may feel a little disorientated after marketing people gave it a bright, new facelift.’
      • ‘You'll find roughly the same number and variety of fast food emporiums as in the States.’
      • ‘The only thing I can recall signing up for that was based in Chicago was many years ago when as a treat for a friend, I ordered some hot dogs from Fluky's, a famous Chicago frankfurter emporium.’
      • ‘After paying for my gas, I stand at my car for a moment and look up and down the street that is filled with every kind of junk food emporium you can think of, looking for a lit sign that might be calling my name.’
      • ‘I will walk the streets with bulging carrier bags, heading purposefully for all those little shops and emporiums that only I know of, and I will hunt down gifts of character, originality and ingenuity.’
      • ‘For what looks like a hot dog stand is in fact an oatmeal emporium offering the fast food fan a choice of eight different recipes.’
      • ‘This particular BBQ emporium also boasts a large bar and plenty of wall-mounted televisions always tuned into ‘the’ game.’
      • ‘This is an emporium dedicated to teeth, selling everything from ergonomically designed toothbrushes to designer pastes and molar-shaped clocks.’
      • ‘Charlie is a man from another village with a grudge against the super video emporium that has put him out of business.’
      • ‘These sorts of food emporiums are my idea of paradise. Shelf upon shelf of culinary treasure - even the packaging gets me excited.’
      • ‘You stand paralyzed with indecision in the middle of the road as a member of the counter staff from each shop tries to stare you in to his/her take away food emporium.’
      • ‘I dragged him to our local antique shop, an emporium I trawl through every few weeks checking out the stock.’
      • ‘The once-vibrant beach towns became backwaters with a flotsam of struggling T-shirt shops, musty antiques emporiums, and dinky little eateries that seemed to have more surfboards parked outside than cars.’
      • ‘And I don't merely sell books, I operate a literary emporium.’
      • ‘It was the usual mix of charity shops, fast-food emporia and pound shops.’
    2. 1.2archaic A principal center of commerce; a market.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      shopping centre, marketplace, mart, retail outlet, flea market, fair, bazaar, piazza, plaza
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Late 16th century: from Latin, from Greek emporion, from emporos ‘merchant’, based on a stem meaning ‘to journey’.