Definition of mart in US English:



  • usually with modifier A trade center or market.

    ‘Atlanta's downtown apparel marts’
    • ‘It envisages fewer and bigger sales centres and is encouraging marts to consolidate through mergers.’
    • ‘All are partners in the project along with the auction mart and the agricultural society.’
    • ‘The ban means all auction marts have ceased trading in livestock.’
    • ‘The livestock marts got back to normal in the past week following the suspension of the dealers' action.’
    • ‘There was a steadying of the cattle trade overall at the marts yesterday with larger supplies on offer at some sale centres.’
    • ‘The food mart also has one of those large stainless-steel salad bars with every type of lettuce known to rabbit.’
    • ‘He has also asked livestock marts and factories to renew their disinfection procedures.’
    • ‘She drove to the gas station/food mart, listening to the radio and singing along.’
    • ‘Will others who fly out frequently to attend travel marts emulate the example?’
    • ‘There is a very good selling trade in the marts for lambs.’
    • ‘For any normal person, going to small food mart near campus was a simple, commonplace thing.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I looked around and confirmed that yes, this was the only store between the food mart and the bottle mart.’
    • ‘A total of twenty-one programmes were in operation with dairy processors, livestock marts and meat plants.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The arts and handicraft mart would have been great for the village.’
    • ‘The company says the auction mart site has been chosen because it is a predominantly light industrial area.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’.