Definition of souk in English:


(also suq, suk, sukh)


  • An Arab market or marketplace; a bazaar.

    • ‘The capital, Tripoli, is a pan-African city of Italianate squares and Arab souks where visitors can wander without being hassled by touts or pushy shopkeepers.’
    • ‘It is reported that one day he passed through the suq of Madinah and naturally saw people engrossed in the business of buying and selling.’
    • ‘If it's jewellery you're after, there are enough gold necklaces, chains and rings festooning the brightly-lit windows of the downtown souks to pay off an average country's national debt.’
    • ‘There seems little of the chaotic revelry that typifies many other Arab souks.’
    • ‘The souks are always crowded; shopping downtown is very popular, as is strolling with friends along the busy streets.’
    • ‘Today this cultural and vibrant country on Africa's northern coast has all the attractions of north Africa, without the hassle of the touts and invasive haggling in street markets and souks.’
    • ‘Hidden from view, its famous covered souks, markets, thread like capillaries for a reputed 30 km.’
    • ‘Every major Hollywood release is pirated onto VCDs and DVDs and sold in souks and bazaars from Tajikistan to Taipei.’
    • ‘Of course an essential part of any visit to Marrakesh is a trip to the souk, the market, the vast complex of covered streets and alleys that rambles with its own logic north from the Djemaa el Fna.’
    • ‘Manama has modern buildings and wide, tree-lined roads as well as an older section with a traditional souk, or marketplace.’
    • ‘But children are back in school in this town of some 40,000 people, a health clinic has reopened and business is picking up at the souk, or market.’
    • ‘The streets were nearly empty, and the metal shutters on the Arab stalls in the souk were shut tight.’
    • ‘His son-in-law is the chief cook who does the shopping in the souk early in the morning.’
    • ‘The focal point of any Middle Eastern city is the souk, or marketplace, a labyrinthine space of alleys, stalls, and tiny shops that also include ancient mosques and shrines.’
    • ‘I have spent more than my fair share of time in the souks of Africa and the Middle East.’
    • ‘The souks, or markets, are a central part of life in Morocco.’
    • ‘Its souk, or market, is huge, maze-like and intimidating, but you can pick up bargains.’
    • ‘Their adventure will begin on day two when they will get the chance to explore the magnificent city of Marrakech, including such attractions in Marrakech as the souks, or local markets.’
    • ‘Preservation of the urban heritage also is seen in the renovation of old forts, palaces, souks, and mosques.’
    • ‘Handwoven baskets are sold at suqs and used by customers to carry the goods they purchase.’
    shopping precinct, shopping complex, galleria
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From Arabic sūq.