suq

suq

[sook, shook]
noun
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souk or suq1 (suːk)
 
n
(in Muslim countries, esp North Africa and the Middle East) an open-air marketplace
 
[C20: from Arabic sūq]
 
suq or suq1
 
n
 
[C20: from Arabic sūq]

suq (suːk)
 
n
a variant spelling of souk

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suq

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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