\ 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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The buttons proliferated, as the couple jaunted from souk to estate sale to thrift shop and bought buttons lustily. Troy Patterson, The New Yorker, "Tender Buttons, a One-of-a-Kind New York Institution, Closes Shop," 10 Sep. 2019 Or never used to: The government siege had splintered its 14th-century souk and, in much of the city, extinguished the lights. Vivian Yee, New York Times, "What ‘Victory’ Looks Like: A Journey Through Shattered Syria," 20 Aug. 2019 Over at Musheer market, once an exchange price is agreed upon, traders hire one of the wheelbarrow boys to pack the cash in trash or opaque plastic bags before pushing them through the souk. Nabih Bulos,, "What’s for sale at this outdoor market? Cold, hard cash," 11 July 2019 Following lunch, immerse yourself in the labyrinthine alleys of Khan el-Khalili, an enchanting souk tucked away in the heart of the old city; and learn about Egyptian arts and crafts at the Jameel House of Traditional Arts. National Geographic, "Egypt Private Expedition," 12 June 2019 Of the mix, the Al Najada Doha Hotel is the newest and most lavish, while the Bismillah Hotel is the oldest hotel in Doha, dating back to the 1950s when it was used by foreign traders, and has private balconies overlooking the souk. Jenna Scatena, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why Doha Is Much More Than a Stopover Destination," 4 June 2019 The latest to be renovated is al-Saqatiyah Market, or souk — a cobblestone alley under arches and domes. Washington Post, "Centuries-old bazaar in Syria’s Aleppo making slow recovery," 5 Aug. 2019 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

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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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