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[mahr-kit-pleys] /ˈmɑr kɪtˌpleɪs/

an open area in a town where a is held.
the commercial world; the realm of business, trade, and economics.
any sphere considered as a where ideas, thoughts, artistic creations, etc., compete for recognition.
a place where a public market is held
any centre where ideas, opinions, etc, are exchanged
the commercial world of buying and selling

late 14c., “place where a market is held,” from market (n.) + place (n.). Figurative use is from 1942.

any place of public resort, and hence a public place or broad street (Matt. 11:16; 20:3), as well as a forum or market-place proper, where goods were exposed for sale, and where public assemblies and trials were held (Acts 16:19; 17:17). This word occurs in the Old Testament only in Ezek. 27:13. In early times markets were held at the gates of cities, where commodities were exposed for sale (2 Kings 7:18). In large towns the sale of particular articles seems to have been confined to certain streets, as we may infer from such expressions as “the bakers’ street” (Jer. 37:21), and from the circumstance that in the time of Josephus the valley between Mounts Zion and Moriah was called the Tyropoeon or the “valley of the cheesemakers.”


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