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bazaar

or ba·zar

[buh-zahr]
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noun
  1. a marketplace or shopping quarter, especially one in the Middle East.
  2. a sale of miscellaneous contributed articles to benefit some charity, cause, organization, etc.
  3. a store in which many kinds of goods are offered for sale; department store.
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Origin of bazaar

1590–1600; earlier bazarro < ItalianPersian bāzār market
Can be confusedbazaar bizarre

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Related Words

martmarketplacefeteexpositionmarketexchange

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Historical Examples

  • The tribesmen poured into the bazaar and attacked the serai on all sides.

  • 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.

  • 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

bazaar

bazar

noun
  1. (esp in the Orient) a market area, esp a street of small stalls
  2. a sale in aid of charity, esp of miscellaneous secondhand or handmade articles
  3. a shop where a large variety of goods is sold
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Word Origin

C16: from Persian bāzār, from Old Persian abēcharish
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for bazaar

n.

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

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