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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Although Facebook prohibits firearms trading between individuals, numerous pages present themselves as online weapons bazaars. Suliman Ali Zway, The Seattle Times, "In Libya, Facebook is used to buy arms, locate foes and kill them," 3 Sep. 2018 Security forces were sent to the bazaar and surrounding areas to maintain order, the semi-official Iranian Labor News Agency reported. Bloomberg,, "Tehran's Grand Bazaar shut down as economic protests spread," 26 June 2018 Sign up for our daily newsletter and never miss our latest and greatest stories Business Author Joshuah Bearman discusses his two part techno-noir series on the rise and fall of the online drug bazaar Silk Road. Issie Lapowsky, WIRED, "Tech Companies Deflect Blame for Opioid Crisis Ahead of FDA Summit," 27 June 2018 Drugs, weapons, child pornography, stolen financial data and other illicit materials have been bought and sold on black market websites like the Silk Road and AlphaBay, online bazaars that have been targeted by law enforcement authorities. Katie Benner, New York Times, "Drug Dealers Targeted in Sweep of Illicit Online Marketplaces," 26 June 2018 The head of Iran's Chamber of Guilds, Ali Fazeli, later was quoted by Tasnim as saying the situation at the bazaar is calm. Fox News, "Protesters swarm Iran's Grand Bazaar in Tehran, force shops to close in anger over economy," 25 June 2018 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

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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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