American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A market consisting of a street lined with shops and stalls, especially one in the Middle East.
- n. A shop or a part of a store in which miscellaneous articles are sold.
- n. A fair or sale at which miscellaneous articles are sold, often for charitable purposes.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In the East, an exchange, market-place, or place where goods are exposed for sale, consisting either of small shops or stalls in a narrow street or series of streets, or of a certain section in a town under one roof and divided by narrower passageways, in which all or most of the merchants and artisans in a certain material or metal, or any single class of goods, are gathered both for manufacture and traffic. These bazaar-streets are frequently shaded by a light material laid from roof to roof, and are sometimes arched over. Marts bearing the name of bazaars, for the sale of miscellaneous articles, chiefly fancy goods, are now to be found in most European and American cities; and the term has been extended to structures arranged as market-places for specific articles: as, a horse-bazaar.
- n. A sale of miscellaneous articles in furtherance of some charitable or other purpose; a fancy fair. The articles there sold are mostly of fancy work, and contributed gratuitously.
- n. A marketplace, particularly in the Middle East, and often covered with shops and stalls.
- n. A shop selling articles that are either exotic or eclectic.
- n. A fair or temporary market, often for charity.
- n. common misspelling of bizarre.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. In the East, an exchange, marketplace, or assemblage of shops where goods are exposed for sale.
- n. A spacious hall or suite of rooms for the sale of goods, as at a fair.
- n. A fair for the sale of fancy wares, toys, etc., commonly for a charitable purpose.
- n. a street of small shops (especially in Orient)
- n. a shop where a variety of goods are sold
- n. a sale of miscellany; often for charity
- Italian bazarra, from Persian بازار (bâzâr) 'market', from Middle Persian 𐭥𐭠𐭰𐭠𐭥 (vāčāṙ) (compare Old Armenian վաճառ (vačaṙ)), from Old Persian vahā-čarana ("market-walkabout"), compound of Proto-Indo-European *wesā- 'to buy' and *kʷéle/o 'to turn'. More at vend and wheel. (Wiktionary)
- Italian bazarro and Urdu bāzār, both from Persian. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“Seven months on, the Baghdad political bazaar is still open.”
“Slap, say, a $5 (or $10 -- the bazaar is open) tax on every imported barrel.”
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“Update: An American BoingBoing reader who's a military man in Afghanistan (requesting anonymity) writes, Every other week here in Kabul, a bazaar is held on our base where local products are sold.”
“Slap, say, a $5 (or $10 -- the bazaar is open) tax ...”
“The carpet bazaar is of considerable extent, and consists of a network of alleys and counter-alleys opening off to the right of the Muski, which is the Regent Street of Cairo.”
“The bazaar is in the centre of the island, and consists of about a dozen shops kept up by Greeks, and about twenty other small ones by Arabs, from Jedda, and Egyptians.”
“The principal bazaar is a very long street, decently clean, covered over, and all lined with small shops.”
“There's better than a toy-shop -- a wonderful sort of place they call a bazaar,' Rough replied.”
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