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or ba·zar

  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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Examples from the Web for bazar

Historical Examples

  • This bazar is all scents, oil, and gold braids for the hair.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine - Volume 57, No. 352, February 1845


  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for bazar



  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
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Word Origin and History for bazar


alternative spelling of bazaar.

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

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