variants or less commonly suq
: a marketplace in northern Africa or the Middle East
also : a stall in such a marketplace

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web There’s a rooftop pool, as well as work from local contemporary artists and a 30-seat fine-dining restaurant that will serve an ever-changing menu of seasonal dishes with ingredients from Carmel Market, Tel Aviv’s century-old open-air souk. New York Times, 10 Oct. 2022 In a luxurious modern souk in Dubai, famous artworks are being transformed into psychedelic 3D dreamscapes projected 360 degrees onto the walls of a progressive contemporary art space. CNN, 11 Nov. 2022 On a recent evening, a group was working on a row of unfinished yellow structures in Doha’s souk, or market district, that are supposed to serve as a broadcast center. Steven Goff, Washington Post, 20 Oct. 2022 The typically frantic winter holidays have been as quiet as a souk on a Friday afternoon. Christopher Elliott, Forbes, 26 Dec. 2021 This indoor souk is very similar to Dubai's traditional outdoor ones with one major exception: air conditioning. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, 6 Aug. 2021 And while in Dubai, take my advice and get yourself to the famous gold souk where you will be impressed with the many18K, 22K and 24K options galore! Debbi Kickham, Forbes, 22 Sep. 2021 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 See More

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Word History


Arabic sūq market

First Known Use

1826, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of souk was in 1826

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“Souk.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2022.

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