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bazaar

[buh-zahr] /bəˈzɑr/
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
1590-1600; earlier bazarro < ItalianPersian bāzār market
Can be confused
bazaar, bizarre.
Synonyms
1. market, mart, exchange.
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  • Two floors of the college were transformed into a bustling African bazaar.
  • Women shop at the Tehran bazaar.
British Dictionary definitions for bazaar

bazaar

/bəˈzɑː/
noun
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
C16: from Persian bāzār, from Old Persian abēcharish
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Word Origin and History for bazaar
n.

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

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Encyclopedia Article for 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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