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[buh-zahr] /bəˈzɑr/
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.
Origin of bazaar
1590-1600; earlier bazarro < ItalianPersian bāzār market
Can be confused
bazaar, bizarre.
1. market, mart, exchange. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for bazaar
  • 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.
  • Looks more like a dusty casbah bazaar than the once ultra-refined emporium.
  • The most fascinating sights in Faizabad are in the bazaar.
  • She remembered his parting words at the bazaar.
  • The bazaar outside the mosque is noted for its silks, beadwork, and perfumes.
  • Two floors of the college were transformed into a bustling African bazaar.
  • Women shop at the Tehran bazaar.
British Dictionary definitions for bazaar


(esp in the Orient) a market area, esp a street of small stalls
a sale in aid of charity, esp of miscellaneous secondhand or handmade articles
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

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

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