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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Examples of bazaar in a Sentence

we wandered around the bazaar looking to buy gifts
Recent Examples on the Web In the dim corridor of a bazaar, each storefront shuttered, a man walks briskly, the only sound his clapping footsteps, toward, and eventually into, the light at the end. Murat Oztaskin, The New Yorker, "What Social Distancing Looks Like in Tehran," 9 Apr. 2020 In Isfahan in central Iran, merchants in the bazaar shuttered their shops, according to a video posted by the BBC Persian service., "Most read on," 18 Nov. 2019 Sales associates at their shop in the bazaar acknowledged the product's roots in American cowboy culture but said jeans remain popular on the streets of Tehran. Jon Gambrell,, "From hot sauce to pop gloss, U.S. products seep into Iran," 11 July 2019 Malaysia, along with neighboring Singapore and Brunei, has banned popular Ramadan bazaars, where food, drinks, and clothing are sold in congested open-air markets or roadside stalls. Niniek Karmini,, "Muslims begin marking a subdued Ramadan under virus closures," 24 Apr. 2020 The bazaar runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and benefits the Sterling Community School PTO., "Community News For The Putnam-Killingly Edition," 9 Dec. 2019 Anyone who’s seen Hamburg’s Philharmonic, Istanbul’s bazaars, and Chamonix’s apres ski charm will be floored. Shannon Mcmahon, USA TODAY, "8 great films that double as travel movies, from 'Crazy Rich Asians' to 'Little Women'," 11 Apr. 2020 Everything beyond security — the stores, the duty-free bazaar, the restaurants — was closed. Heather Murphy, New York Times, "All I Wanted Was to Be Interrogated," 4 Apr. 2020 Originally set for March 28, the bizarre bazaar has been rescheduled for June 27. Dan Singer, Dallas News, "Here’s which D-FW events are off as the coronavirus crisis escalates," 14 Mar. 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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23 May 2020

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“Bazaar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 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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