ba·zaar | \bə-ˈzär \

Definition of bazaar 

1 : a market (as in the Middle East) consisting of rows of shops or stalls selling miscellaneous goods

2a : a place for the sale of goods

b : department store

3 : a fair for the sale of articles especially for charitable purposes a church bazaar

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Synonyms for bazaar


emporium, shop (also shoppe), store

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Examples of bazaar in a Sentence

we wandered around the bazaar looking to buy gifts

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Retailers and gold sellers kept away from the bazaar to gather at main meeting places, according to the semi-official Fars News Agency. Bloomberg,, "Tehran's Grand Bazaar shut down as economic protests spread," 26 June 2018 Shoppers browse offerings of food, electronics, clothing and jewelry at the Tajrish bazaar in Tehran. Asa Fitch, WSJ, "Labor Strikes and Worker Protests Erupt Across Iran: ‘This is Slavery’," 6 May 2018 The bazaar is located on nicely lit and maintained pedestrian-street running parallel to the Nile Corniche. Jim Berkeley, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to Egypt," 5 Oct. 2016 Diptyque, now known mostly as a purveyor of sought-after scented candles, was originally founded by three friends as a bazaar-like space selling textiles, toiletries and souvenirs from afar. Aleksandra Crapanzano, WSJ, "The Untold Story Behind Paris’s Most Charming Boutique," 21 June 2018 Their first venture was an outdoor night bazaar in Brooklyn. Tammy La Gorce, New York Times, "Love Rocks — And So Does a Walk Down the Aisle With Debbie Harry," 23 Feb. 2018 In recent months, hundreds of demonstrations have erupted across the country over rising prices, corruption and environmental damage: from steelworkers, truck drivers and hospital staff to shop owners in the capital’s oldest bazaar. Sune Engel Rasmussen, WSJ, "Facing Threats at Home and Abroad, Iran’s President Takes a Harder Line," 11 July 2018 Before the 2016 explosion, Mexican authorities repeatedly praised the market as one of the safest fireworks bazaars in the world. Kate Linthicum,, "At least 22 killed in fireworks explosions in a Mexican town with a history of deadly blasts," 5 July 2018 The main nest of activity is called the Trading Pit, a freewheeling bazaar of Nike, Adidas and Yeezys, to be bargained for, traded, sold and resold. Chris Lamorte,, "$9,000 Nikes and more: Schaumburg Sneaker Con a paradise for 'Sneakerheads'," 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of bazaar

1612, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bazaar

Persian bāzār

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English Language Learners Definition of bazaar

: a type of market found especially in Middle Eastern countries that has rows of small shops which sell many different kinds of things

: an event at which things are sold to raise money for people or an organization


ba·zaar | \bə-ˈzär \

Kids Definition of bazaar

1 : a marketplace (as in southwestern Asia and northern Africa) that has rows of small shops

2 : a place where many kinds of goods are sold

3 : a fair for the sale of goods especially for charity

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