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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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Examples from the Web for bazar
Historical Examples
  • This bazar is all scents, oil, and gold braids for the hair.

  • Ora may possibly be represented by the modern bazar which is close by.

    The Gates of India Thomas Holdich
  • We arrived at the town, and took up our quarters in the bazar.

    Confessions of a Thug Philip Meadows Taylor
  • Everything must be bought from the Arab bazar—after the Turks have taken what they want.

    The Secrets of a Kuttite Edward O. Mousley
  • So the days went by till the time came for the opening of the bazar.

  • They tried to leave the bazar, but found their progress barred.

    The Disputed V.C. Frederick P. Gibbon
  • Never had the sellers in the bazar known her to be so keen after the returns of sale.

    Tara Philip Meadows Taylor
  • I was at the bazar mosque at early prayer, and they said there it would be a bad business.

    Tara Philip Meadows Taylor
  • He sent into the bazar for Dana Da, who read the letter and laughed.

    Soldiers Three Rudyard Kipling
  • The expedition was in truth the talk of the bazar, but I did not swallow what was said there.

    Barclay of the Guides Herbert Strang
British Dictionary definitions for bazar


(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 bazar

alternative spelling of bazaar.



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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