Definition of bazaar in English:



  • 1A market in a Middle Eastern country.

    • ‘Many well-to-do households have VCRs, and rented videos are available in the bazaars (markets).’
    • ‘Adjarians are polite and courteous under most circumstances, even when they are bargaining at a bazaar (market).’
    • ‘In the cities, people visit museums, haggle over prices in the bazaars (street markets), or shop in large shopping complexes with their families and friends.’
    • ‘The citizens of this coastal paradise carried on with their daily activities, bringing life to the busy streets and a charming sense of chaos to the local markets and bazaars.’
    • ‘Placed right in the middle of the bazaar, you will have to manoeuvre amid men carrying sacks to enter the gallery.’
    • ‘A visit to the bustling 14th century Khan El-Kalili Bazaar, reputedly the largest bazaar in the Middle East, transports you back among the world of the living.’
    • ‘Rich materials hung on every wall and sat on every floor and even reached down from the ceilings, creating an exotic atmosphere not unlike a Middle Eastern bazaar.’
    • ‘This New York marketplace mimics bazaars of narrow streets in dense warrens of frenetic activity anywhere in the world.’
    • ‘In real markets - bazaars - customers have choices.’
    • ‘The problem seems to be more prominent in the bazaars and markets.’
    • ‘We wind up in her kitchen, which she wants to look like some sort of Middle Eastern bazaar.’
    • ‘Hone your haggling skills in Tunisia's markets and bazaars when you travel with Burnside Travel.’
    • ‘The bazaars, colorful food markets and constant flow of border-hoppers provide absorbing spectacles.’
    • ‘Markets and bazaars were closed in Quetta, a border city with a large Afghan refugee population.’
    • ‘Their killers found them in the middle of a crowded bazaar.’
    • ‘In old bazaars (street markets) in the larger cities, one comes across dozens of artisans.’
    • ‘The market place was a lot like the village bazaars she had seen in the Middle East.’
    • ‘Fresh fruits and vegetables can be found at the local bazaar (market).’
    • ‘Lots of farmers markets, bazaars that were open on the street.’
    • ‘It's part flea market, part international bazaar, part Dufferin Mall.’
    market, market place, mart, exchange
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    1. 1.1 A fundraising sale of goods.
      • ‘All funds raised by the bazaar are distributed to local Thai charities to help the needy.’
      • ‘The ikebana exhibition was magnificent, there was an international bazaar and bake sale, entertainment and a raffle.’
      • ‘Tickets for the raffle which will take place during the bazaar are on sale locally.’
      • ‘When you wander into the Tabernacle Church Hall it reeks of bazaars and jumble sales.’
      • ‘The best places to pick up cool vintage toys: Flea markets, church bazaars, garage sales.’
      • ‘That and the Christmas bazaar are the two major fund-raising activities organised by the school every year.’
      • ‘A fund-raising bazaar in aid of the Rockfield National School building fund was held in the Community Centre, Coolaney, recently.’
      • ‘The Market grew from a volunteer-staffed, church bazaar sale in 1981, to an upscale destination with a year-round support staff of two.’
      • ‘The bazaar sale will be on Saturday, December 4, 2pm in the village hall.’
      • ‘Kilcornan Community Council will hold a cake sale and bazaar in the centre on Sunday, May 16 after Mass.’
      • ‘Sales of refreshments will attract customers to your bazaar and probably contribute handsomely to your fund-raising efforts.’
      • ‘One of the highlights of the bazaar, and a great fund-raiser for the group's charities, is the raffle.’
      • ‘A fundraising bazaar in aid of cancer research will be held in Crookstown Hall on Saturday, October 5, starting at 2 pm.’
      • ‘Other funds came from bazaars and socials, garden sales, donations, and interest payments.’
      • ‘We had to borrow furniture and had to fundraise with Christmas bazaars, sales of work, that type of thing.’
      • ‘The centre is funded largely by donations from abroad, many the result of bazaars, concerts and other fundraising activities.’
      • ‘Easy Ways Products have been successfully sold through craft fairs, bazaars, horse sales and door to door throughout the county.’
      • ‘He said: ‘Stan was a great person to be around and a wonderful organiser of our Christmas bazaars and May Day fairs.’’
      • ‘All proceeds from the raffle ticket sales and the bazaar itself will go directly to PILC Welfare Projects in the local community.’
      • ‘In addition to the practical work of caring, feeding, and sheltering, committees of volunteers have generated considerable revenue through charity fairs, church bazaars, and lamington drives.’
      fete, fair, jumble sale, sale, bring-and-buy sale, car boot sale, carnival
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    2. 1.2dated A large shop selling miscellaneous goods.
      • ‘Soon after Ms. Atchara Pachimnan officially opened the bazaar, shoppers literally filled the place from early in the day.’
      • ‘David Patterson of the 785th Combat Stress Detachment from Minneapolis, Minnesota, a frequent shopper at the bazaar.’
      • ‘The goods which were sold at the bazaar were divided in three categories.’
      • ‘The streets are empty of passers-by, shops are shuttered, and bazaars are closed.’


Late 16th century: from Italian bazarro, from Turkish, from Persian bāzār ‘market’.