bazaar

[buh-zahr]
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.
Also, bazar.


Origin:
1590–1600; earlier bazarro < ItalianPersian bāzār market

bazaar, bizarre.


1. market, mart, exchange.
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bazaar or bazar (bəˈzɑː)
 
n
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
 
[C16: from Persian bāzār, from Old Persian abēcharish]
 
bazar or bazar
 
n
 
[C16: from Persian bāzār, from Old Persian abēcharish]

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bazaar
1580s, from It. bazarra, from Pers. bazar (Pahlavi vacar) "a market."
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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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Example sentences
The traders converge on the annual bazaar with feed for their beasts and food
  for themselves.
The new law requires detailed statements from sponsors both before and after
  the bazaar is held.
She entered an outdoor bazaar on a long, narrow street.
They decided on an annual barbecue and bazaar to raise the money.
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