noun, plural em·po·ri·ums, em·po·ri·a [em-pawr-ee-uh, –pohr-] /ɛmˈpɔr i ə, -ˈpoʊr-/.

  1. a large retail store, especially one selling a great variety of articles.
  2. a place, town, or city of important commerce, especially a principal center of trade: New York is one of the world’s great emporiums.

noun plural -riums or -ria (-rɪə)

  1. a large and often ostentatious retail shop offering for sale a wide variety of merchandise

1580s, from Latin emporium, from Greek emporion “trading place, market,” from emporos “merchant, traveler,” from en “in” (see en- (2)) + poros “passage, voyage,” related to peirein “to pass through” (see port (n.1)).

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