bazaar

noun
ba·​zaar | \ bə-ˈzär How to pronounce bazaar (audio) \

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

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Synonyms for bazaar

Synonyms

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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Hadley famously oversaw a renovation of the Neighborhood House's lobby in the 1970s and led a group in painting wastebaskets to sell at the House's annual Christmas bazaar. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "See How 32 Designers Transform a Dining Room in Just a Few Hours," 3 May 2019 Elsewhere in the market, some even defended Trump, like Mahdirashid Mohammadzadeh, whose small stall in the jewelry section of the bazaar has seen customers eagerly buying gold as a hedge against the falling rial. Jon Gambrell, Fox News, "Unease, anger in Tehran's Grand Bazaar, Iran's beating heart," 13 Sep. 2018 So schools cops and educators have to drift through a bazaar of school safety products, testing out strange contraptions that maybe, possibly, could keep a student alive. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "I went to a huge conference on school safety. No one wanted to talk about gun control.," 30 July 2018 Residents walk through a security checkpoint into a bazaar below a screen showing Chinese President Xi Jinping in Hotan, Xinjiang region, Nov. 3, 2017. Yaroslav Trofimov, WSJ, "The Muslim World Looks On as China Persecutes Its Muslims," 21 Feb. 2019 Ready or not, November means the holiday season is starting in, with a variety of holiday bazaars gearing up in Seattle and around the region. Madeline Mckenzie, The Seattle Times, "Ready or not, holiday bazaars get started this weekend," 31 Oct. 2018 Strikes in Iran's bazaar also have served as political bellwethers. Jon Gambrell, Fox News, "Unease, anger in Tehran's Grand Bazaar, Iran's beating heart," 13 Sep. 2018 During the holy month of Ramadan, a daily bazaar offers various selections of clothing, food, prayer mats and other religious items to Muslims who traditionally shop for new outfits to welcome the end-of-the-month Eid al-Fitr celebrations. Washington Post, "AP PHOTOS: A selection of pictures from the past week," 10 June 2018 Merchants in other bazaars have also gone on strike, as have some teachers. The Economist, "Iran braces for economic war with America," 17 May 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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bazaar

noun

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

bazaar

noun
ba·​zaar | \ bə-ˈzär How to pronounce bazaar (audio) \

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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