A market hall, market house or country market is a covered space historically used as a marketplace to buy and/or sell provisions or livestock, sometimes combined with space for public or civic functions on the upper floor(s).
After this style of market building developed in rural England, it spread to colonial territories of Great Britain, including Ireland and New England in America. A market house is typically located on a market square or wharf.
- Oxford English Dictionary Second Edition on CD-ROM (v. 4.0) © Oxford University Press 2009. Market, n., Hall 1.
- Brown, Abram English (1901). Faneuil Hall and Faneuil Hall Market: Or, Peter Faneuil and His Gift. Lee & Shepard.