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


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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The 41st annual event features a Greek village with serenading musicians, folk dancing in traditional costumes, bazaar and entertainers such as The Olympians band. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Greek fest coming to Cardiff," 30 Aug. 2019 Another artist at the bazaar was illustrator Leslie Gauthier. Micah Walker, Detroit Free Press, "Mo Pop Festival brings eccentric artists, fashionistas together for two days of music," 29 July 2019 After two days of talks with Afghan officials at a posh hotel in Qatar, envoys of the Taliban promised that their insurgents would not attack schools, hospitals or bazaars. The Economist, "The Taliban negotiates with Afghan officials for the first time," 11 July 2019 The cramped establishment, called Pizza House, hunkers in an alley within the tumbledown bazaar. Paul Salopek, National Geographic, "Why these workers from India miss wartime Afghanistan," 21 Aug. 2019 Fun fact: Most of the shops at the bazaar decide their own timing. Sarvesh Talreja, National Geographic, "Cairo beyond the pyramids: The ultimate itinerary," 30 July 2019 There will be food, live entertainment, a Ukrainian bazaar, sports contests, a children’s corner, a raffle with a grand prize of $2,000 and more. Carol Kovach,, "‘Tee up’ some fun at Independence Home Days: Sun Postings," 29 July 2019 That’s what social media is: a sad, sprawling bazaar in which attention is exchanged and bartered. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "Among the Chimps," 28 July 2019 The cries of hungry children fill the bazaar, where merchants in flowing robes and headscarves hawk scarce, overpriced goods to desperate parents. Lorraine Ali,, "From ‘Aladdin’ to Galaxy’s Edge, how Hollywood interprets Arab culture," 14 June 2019

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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 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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