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[buh-zahr] /bəˈzɑr/
a marketplace or shopping quarter, especially one in the Middle East.
a sale of miscellaneous contributed articles to benefit some charity, cause, organization, etc.
a store in which many kinds of goods are offered for sale; department store.
Origin of bazaar
1590-1600; earlier bazarro < ItalianPersian bāzār market
Can be confused
bazaar, bizarre.
1. market, mart, exchange. Unabridged
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  • The tribesmen poured into the bazaar and attacked the serai on all sides.

    The Story of the Malakand Field Force Sir Winston S. Churchill
  • He goes everywhere alone, to fetch water and to buy bread at the bazaar.

    A Hero of Our Time M. Y. Lermontov
  • The State is not one but many, like a bazaar at which you can buy anything.

    The Republic Plato
  • Why, Baker's bazaar don't pay the man on their team but ten a week.

    Mary-'Gusta Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Then in a dog-cart and three gharries to the bazaar; very quaint and picturesque.

    The Last Voyage Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey
British Dictionary definitions for bazaar


(esp in the Orient) a market area, esp a street of small stalls
a sale in aid of charity, esp of miscellaneous secondhand or handmade articles
a shop where a large variety of goods is sold
Word Origin
C16: from Persian bāzār, from Old Persian abēcharish
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for bazaar

1580s, from Italian bazarra, ultimately from Persian bazar (Pahlavi vacar) "a market."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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