or ba·zar



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 confusedbazaar bizarre

Synonyms for bazaar Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of bazaar

Historical Examples of bazaar

  • 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.


    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 for bazaar

C16: from Persian bāzār, from Old Persian abēcharish
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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