\ ˈsük \
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Definition of souk 

: a marketplace in northern Africa or the Middle East also : a stall in such a marketplace

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The salesmen in the main carpet souk on the Rahba Kehdima are infamously pushy and the quality of their wares varies widely. Tara Stevens, WSJ, "A Choosy Shopper’s Guide to Marrakesh," 5 Dec. 2018 Walk the labyrinthine streets to Akra, a cavernous restaurant in the souk that sells all kinds of hummus, including my favorite, with fatteh, covered in a luscious layer of labneh. John Gregory-smith, Condé Nast Traveler, "In Lebanon, Let Food Be Your Guide," 16 Oct. 2018 Get our daily newsletter The desire to do business has long been present, its history visible along the creek in old Dubai where the souk boasts frankincense from Oman and saffron from Iran. The Economist, "Do buyHow Dubai became a model for free trade, openness and ambition," 21 June 2018 Every couple of hours, the awnings are retracted, the metal tables are rolled back, and a giant locomotive crawls through, parting the souk like Moses at the Red Sea. New York Times, "Taking to the River in Thailand," 10 Apr. 2018 Stalls laid out in the souk within Marrakesh’s old city, the Medina. Ruth Bloomfield, WSJ, "The Exotic—and Chaotic—Medina of Marrakesh Lures Home Buyers," 2 May 2018 The shop is just outside the souk walls, near Dar Bacha. Nancy Hass, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Designers of the YSL Museum Are Bringing Minimalism to Marrakech," 16 Oct. 2017 The Israeli army eventually moved into the old souk area and surrounded the Church of the Nativity. National Geographic, "The Little Town of Bethlehem Has a Surprising History," 23 Dec. 2017 But in 2012, the souk was consumed by a fire that broke out during a battle between Syrian forces and insurgents. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "25 Images Capture at-Risk Heritage Sites of the Latest World Monuments Watch," 19 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of souk

1826, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for souk

Arabic sūq market

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: a marketplace in North Africa or the Middle East

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