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bazaar

or bazar

[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.
Origin of bazaar
1590-1600
1590-1600; earlier bazarro < ItalianPersian bāzār market
Can be confused
bazaar, bizarre.
Synonyms
1. market, mart, exchange.
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  • An hour later the Dakoon passed through the Path by the bazaar.

  • The tribesmen poured into the bazaar and attacked the serai on all sides.

    The Story of the Malakand Field Force Sir Winston S. Churchill
  • Colored society is also at the period of the bazaar and fair, the concert and dramatic entertainment.

    Half a Man Mary White Ovington
  • The State is not one but many, like a bazaar at which you can buy anything.

    The Republic Plato
  • Meta inquired after a huge doll—Dr. Hoxton's gift to Daisy, at the bazaar.

    The Daisy Chain Charlotte Yonge
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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