• WordNet 3.6
    • n emporium a large retail store organized into departments offering a variety of merchandise; commonly part of a retail chain
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Emporium 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."
    • Emporium (Physiol) The brain.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n emporium A place of trade; a mart; a town or city of important commerce, especially one in which the commerce of an extensive country centers, or to which sellers and buyers resort from other cities or countries; a commercial center.
    • n emporium A bazaar; a shop or store for the sale of a great variety of articles.
    • n emporium In anc. med., the brain, because there all mental affairs are transacted.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Emporium em-pō′ri-um a place to which goods are brought from various parts for sale: a shop: a great mart
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., fr. Gr. , fr. belonging to commerce, fr. traveler, trader; in + way through and over, path. See In, and Empiric Fare
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.,—Gr. emporionemporos, a trader, em (=en), in, poros, a way.


In literature:

At length, in 1762, Catherine fixed the grand emporium at Kiachta.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 61, No. 380, June, 1847" by Various
Between times he ran the Palace Emporium; that is, he and I and a half baked Swede by the name of Jens Torkil did.
"Odd Numbers" by Sewell Ford
And the nearest store is the New York Emporium.
"Crooked Trails and Straight" by William MacLeod Raine
CINCINNATI is the great commercial emporium of the State.
"A New Guide for Emigrants to the West" by J. M. Peck
Her authority in the emporium was even greater than her father's, who was too fond of being funny.
"The Martian" by George Du Maurier
We'll be there, in that vittles emporium, in the midst of plenty,' he says, 'filling our midsts with plenty of plenty.
"Sundry Accounts" by Irvin S. Cobb
Mannheim is the great emporium for the export of goods down the Rhine and has a large river traffic.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 2" by Various
In a word, Susa was their seat of government, Babylon their great commercial emporium, but Ecbatane was their home.
"Darius the Great" by Jacob Abbott
He remembered perfectly her cheap prettiness, her mincing manner, her flamboyant smartness of apparel from Grand Street emporiums of fashion.
"Making People Happy" by Thompson Buchanan
This place is the principal emporium for the Indian trade over the Pacific Ocean.
"Travels in North America, From Modern Writers" by William Bingley

In poetry:

The stately "Antiquarium"
Is his emporium, his home.
He wonders if when he is gone
Will people look with mournful pride
On him done up and classified,
And the right label on.
"The Antiquarian" by Hattie Howard

In news:

OAKFIELD TOWNSHIP — Going to Joseph Pollack at the Golf Emporium for lessons is a good idea, since he fixed his own swing with good results.
Casey's Craft Emporium ribbon cutting.
Hotcakes Emporium serves big, light and fluffy stacks.
Lebherz Oil & Vinegar Emporium .
Mister Lew's Win Win Bar & Grand Sazerac Emporium .
Sandwiches are outstanding but service needs tweaking to put this ' emporium ' in ship-shape.
Sandwiches are stellar but service needs tweaking to put Shipyard Emporium in ship-shape.
California Medical Pot Growing Emporium Opening.
Citing people close to the situation, a recent report says that A&P is considering selling its Food Emporium stores as part of a broader effort to boost its liquidity.
Trustee Sale Set for June 22 for Sonoma Storage Emporium in California.
Saraf's Emporium to stay open during winter months.
WESTFIELD – To some visitors to Saraf's Emporium in Westfield, it may seem owners John and Peggy Saraf are avid fishermen during the winter months.
The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to sponsor the 6th annual Emporium Holiday Extravaganza on December 4 and 5: downtown Knoxville's most affordable holiday shopping event with unique gifts and live performances.
Ignore that tiresome squabbling in Washington about whose health insurance plan is better and get yourself down to Big Bob's Healthcare Emporium .
An emporium for the encased is ensconced.