a marketplace or shopping quarter, especially one in the Middle East.
a sale of miscellaneous contributed articles to benefit some charity, cause, organization, etc.
a store in which many kinds of goods are offered for sale; department store.
Also, bazar.

1590–1600; earlier bazarro < ItalianPersian bāzār market

bazaar, bizarre.

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

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Word Origin & History

1580s, from It. bazarra, from Pers. bazar (Pahlavi vacar) "a market."
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Slang Dictionary


n.,adj. In 1997, after meditatating on the success of Linux for three years, the Jargon File's own editor ESR wrote an analytical paper on hacker culture and development models titled The Cathedral and the Bazaar ( The main argument of the paper was that Brooks's Law is not the whole story; given the right social machinery, debugging can be efficiently parallelized across large numbers of programmers. The title metaphor caught on (see also cathedral), and the style of development typical in the Linux community is now often referred to as the bazaar mode. Its characteristics include releasing code early and often, and actively seeking the largest possible pool of peer reviewers.
Encyclopedia Britannica


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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