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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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Examples of bazaar in a Sentence

we wandered around the bazaar looking to buy gifts
Recent Examples on the Web While waiting out the pandemic, those who love the market, and even those who have just heard about it for this time, can direct their focus to a new cookbook that tells the story behind the bazaar. Michele Herrmann, Smithsonian Magazine, "Sample the World’s Cuisines With This Cookbook From a Popular New York Market," 13 May 2020 To shop outside, the south end of the Grove Arcade is home to the Grove Arcade Makers Market an outdoor bazaar with stalls filled by artisans selling their crafts. Erica Lamberg, USA TODAY, "Shop and dine while maintaining social distance in these picturesque places," 1 Sep. 2020 Amazon has emerged as the nation’s largest online retailer, in part by turning its store into an online bazaar where more than 2.5 million third-party vendors sell their goods. Washington Post, "Burning laptops and flooded homes: Courts hold Amazon liable for faulty products," 29 Aug. 2020 Drum also announced that the annual holiday shopping bazaar at the stadium won't take place because of the pandemic. Rochelle Olson, Star Tribune, "Vikings trying to get fans into the seats at U.S. Bank Stadium this season - probably not for opener," 20 Aug. 2020 In past years the day-long celebration has included the parade and fireworks as well as a food court, Indian bazaar, children’s activities, entertainment from local singers and cultural dancers, and an evening concert with a Bollywood performer. Suzanne Baker,, "Trimmed-down India Day celebration in Naperville still ends with a bang this year," 19 Aug. 2020 At the time, the neighborhood was a narcotics bazaar and Mr. Thomas had become an excellent salesman. Patricia Leigh Brown, The Christian Science Monitor, "From life in prison to out on parole: One group easing the transition," 14 Aug. 2020 The weapons bazaar galled Democrats whose votes will be required to pass the bill amid widespread divisions inside the Senate GOP conference on the measure. Andrew Taylor, Star Tribune, "GOP tucks $8 billion for military weaponry in virus bill," 28 July 2020 More than half of the retail sales on Amazon are from third-party merchants who sell at the company’s digital bazaar. Jay Greene, Washington Post, "Amazon’s virus stumbles have been a boon for Walmart and Target," 30 July 2020

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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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The first known use of bazaar was in 1612

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22 Sep 2020

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“Bazaar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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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 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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