Meaning of “market town” in the English Dictionary

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"market town" in British English

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market townnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈmɑː.kɪt ˌtaʊn/ us /ˈmɑːr.kɪt ˌtaʊn/

a small town in the countryside, especially in Europe, that has a regular market and acts as a business centre for surrounding farms and villages:

a quiet market town in Northumberland

(Definition of “market town” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)