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.

Origin of bazaar

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

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  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

Word Origin for bazaar

C16: from Persian bāzār, from Old Persian abēcharish
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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."

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