\ ˈsük How to pronounce souk (audio) \
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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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Soak up the sounds and sights of the souk, where piles of cumin and cayenne vie for space with brass lanterns and colorful ceramics. National Geographic, "Africa by Private Jet," 12 June 2019 But its inspiration—the souk, a marketplace where artisans, shoppers, and thinkers alike could engage in conversation as much as commerce—is millenniums old. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "A First Look at the Faena Bazaar, Miami Beach’s New Design Destination," 3 Dec. 2018 On Saturdays, visitors make the trek by donkey carriage to the weekly souk, or market. Lane Nieset, Vogue, "After Marrakech, Go to Oualidia, the Montauk of Morocco," 30 Jan. 2019 Dubai Gold & Diamond Park Anyone serious about buying gold and precious stones in Dubai should skip the touristy gold souk and join the locals at the Dubai Gold and Diamond Park. Laura Ratliff, Condé Nast Traveler, "10 Best Shops in Dubai," 5 Mar. 2018 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

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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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