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Definition of souk

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

Examples of souk in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Haji's Cafe for lunch in the old souk of Manama to get a taste of the local Bahraini dishes. Isabella Sullivan, Condé Nast Traveler, 1 Sep. 2021 If only those kids in the Cairo souk could see themselves now. Los Angeles Times, 3 Sep. 2021 Shoppers will find similar wares from jewelry to intricately designed scarves, souvenirs, and more, but this indoor version of a souk offers a quieter and calmer experience, perfectly marrying the city's traditional and modern sides. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, 6 Aug. 2021 Try sweet milky tea in the back alleys of a souk, meat and rice pilaf, 'stuffed' falafels, or learn about the custom of making Arabic coffee while also learning about the history of the city. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, 6 Aug. 2021 The climate also meant that plants rooted quickly and thrived within a couple of years; the owner now talks enthusiastically of the jungle that’s hidden in the heart of the souk. Mark Ellwood, Robb Report, 31 July 2021 Their newlywed home now includes some great finds from the souk in Marrakesh, like a vintage rug, traditional tea set, and a set of glassware. Shira Savada, Harper's BAZAAR, 21 June 2021 The souk in Nablus, the hills, the sound of adhan, and the mu’addin calling everyone to prayer, the friendliness. Harper's BAZAAR, 24 May 2021 At the port, traditional Dhow boats lull in the distance while the corniche lines the jagged coast, and serves as the entry point to the ancient souk. Irene S. Levine, Forbes, 16 May 2021

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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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19 Sep 2021

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“Souk.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2021.

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: a marketplace in North Africa or the Middle East

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