Meaning of MARKET in English

I. ˈmär-kət noun

Usage: often attributive

Etymology: Middle English, probably from Continental GMC; akin to Old Saxon markat marketplace, Old High German marcāt, both ultimately from Latin mercatus trade, marketplace, from mercari to trade, from merc-, merx merchandise

Date: 12th century



(1) : a meeting together of people for the purpose of trade by private purchase and sale and usually not by auction

(2) : the people assembled at such a meeting


(1) : a public place where a market is held ; especially : a place where provisions are sold at wholesale

a farmers' market

(2) : a retail establishment usually of a specified kind

a fish market

2. archaic : the act or an instance of buying and selling

3. : the rate or price offered for a commodity or security



(1) : a geographic area of demand for commodities or services

(2) : a specified category of potential buyers

the youth market

b. : the course of commercial activity by which the exchange of commodities is effected : extent of demand

the market is dull


(1) : an opportunity for selling

a good market for used cars

(2) : the available supply of or potential demand for specified goods or services

the labor market

d. : the area of economic activity in which buyers and sellers come together and the forces of supply and demand affect prices

producing goods for market rather than for consumption

- in the market

- on the market

II. verb

Date: 15th century

transitive verb

1. : to expose for sale in a market

2. : sell

intransitive verb

: to deal in a market

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.