\ 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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Recent Examples on the Web Taib was the first person in the souk to use social media to market his rugs. Sunset Magazine, "Mid-Century Meets Morocco in Palm Springs," 5 Dec. 2020 Such phrases are as much a part of the soundtrack of the souk as crashing waves are at the beach. Taylor Luck, The Christian Science Monitor, "Pandemic pricing: Are Mideast markets losing the art of the deal?," 30 June 2020 Dubai has already locked down one of the city’s densely populated areas that’s home to the gold souk and museums. Shaji Mathew,, "Dubai to Halt Metro, Tram Services From Sunday, Gulf News Says," 7 May 2020 Um Ahmad lives beneath a centuries-old souk (or marketplace) in Lebanon's northern city of Tripoli. Tariq Keblaoui, CNN, "How a Lebanese city was pushed over the edge," 2 May 2020 Particularly evocative is the VR section on Aleppo’s souk — considered the oldest in the Middle East, with portions dating to the 13th century — which was significantly damaged during Syria’s civil war. Washington Post, "At the Sackler Gallery, take a virtual-reality tour of cities ravaged by ISIS," 5 Mar. 2020 At first glance, the medina can be daunting—especially the souk inside, with its alleyways winding in every possible direction. Rachel King, Fortune, "Where you should eat, visit, and stay in Marrakech," 6 Mar. 2020 Discover early Christian history in Coptic Cairo, browse the world’s largest collection of pharaonic antiquities, and sip on Egyptian-style coffee in the bustling Khan El-Khalili souk. Sarvesh Talreja, National Geographic, "Cairo beyond the pyramids: The ultimate itinerary," 30 July 2019 There was a time when Syria exported underwear to the entire Middle East, including Turkey, said Kamiran Sinjo, who has an underwear store in the traditional Qamishli souk, or bazaar. Washington Post, "Apples, beer and pajamas: Turkish goods face boycott in northeastern Syria," 5 Dec. 2019

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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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“Souk.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Apr. 2021.

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: a marketplace in North Africa or the Middle East

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