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souk

[sook, shook] /suk, ʃuk/
noun
1.
suk.
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Examples from the web for souk
  • Another popular area for shopping is the downtown souk, although the area still bares scares from the war.
  • Shop in the souk, visit the camel market and catch the sound and light show at night over the pyramids.
British Dictionary definitions for souk

sook2

/suːk/
verb
1.
to suck
noun
2.
the act or an instance of sucking
3.
a sycophant; toady
Word Origin
Old English sūcan

souk1

/suːk/
noun
1.
(in Muslim countries, esp North Africa and the Middle East) an open-air marketplace
Word Origin
C20: from Arabic sūq

souk2

/suːk/
verb, noun
1.
(Scot) a variant spelling of sook2
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Word Origin and History for souk
n.

Arab bazaar, 1826, from French souk, from Arabic suq "marketplace."

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Encyclopedia Article for souk

bazaar

originally, a public market district of a Persian town. From Persia the term spread to Arabia (the Arabic word suq is synonymous), Turkey, and North Africa. In India it came to be applied to a single shop, and in current English usage it is applied both to a single shop or concession selling miscellaneous articles and to a fair at which such miscellany is sold, sometimes for charity

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