from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A market consisting of a street lined with shops and stalls, especially one in the Middle East.
  • noun A shop or a part of a store in which miscellaneous articles are sold.
  • noun A fair or sale at which miscellaneous articles are sold, often for charitable purposes.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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.
  • noun 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun In the East, an exchange, marketplace, or assemblage of shops where goods are exposed for sale.
  • noun A spacious hall or suite of rooms for the sale of goods, as at a fair.
  • noun A fair for the sale of fancy wares, toys, etc., commonly for a charitable purpose.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A marketplace, particularly in the Middle East, and often covered with shops and stalls.
  • noun A shop selling articles that are either exotic or eclectic.
  • noun A fair or temporary market, often for charity.
  • noun Common misspelling of bizarre.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a street of small shops (especially in Orient)
  • noun a shop where a variety of goods are sold
  • noun a sale of miscellany; often for charity


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Italian bazarro and Urdu bāzār, both from Persian bāzār; see wes- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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.


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  • Near the bazaar is the post-office, a complete sinecure, as, except on the two days a week when the post comes and goes for Massowah, Jedda, or

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

    A Thousand Miles Up the Nile 1891

  • 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.

    Three Months in the Soudan 1885

  • The principal bazaar is a very long street, decently clean, covered over, and all lined with small shops.

    Three Months in the Soudan 1885

  • 'There's better than a toy-shop -- a wonderful sort of place they call a bazaar,' Rough replied.

    The Rectory Children Mrs. Molesworth 1880


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  • I'm reminded of a grade-school classmate who, when tasked with making a poster for the church bazaar, made a delightfully artistic and well-lettered one for a local grocery store that said "Church Bizarre." I thought for sure they wouldn't use it, but they did.

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