A bazaar is a market that has rows and rows of little shops selling miscellaneous stuff — like tube socks, velvet paintings, and corn on the cob.

Bazaar is originally a Persian word, and means "marketplace" all over the Middle East. The word was picked up by the Italians, and spread through Europe and into English. At a bazaar in Istanbul, you'd find food, electronics, clothes — useful stuff. In English, we tend to use bazaar for something closer to a flea market. Although they sound alike, bazaar has no relation to bizarre (the super weird).

Definitions of bazaar
  1. noun
    a street of small shops (especially in the Orient)
    synonyms: bazar
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    type of:
    market, market place, marketplace, mart
    an area in a town where a public mercantile establishment is set up
  2. noun
    a shop where a variety of goods are sold
    synonyms: bazar
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    type of:
    shop, store
    a mercantile establishment for the retail sale of goods or services
  3. noun
    a sale of miscellany; often for charity
    “the church bazaar
    synonyms: fair
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    book fair, bookfair
    bazaar at which books are sold or auctioned off in order to raise funds for a worthy cause
    craft fair
    a fair at which objects made by craftsmen are offered for sale
    type of:
    cut-rate sale, sale, sales event
    an occasion (usually brief) for buying at specially reduced prices
Commonly confused words

bazaar / bizarre

Bazaar and bizarre might sound alike but a bazaar is a market and bizarre describes something kooky. There could be a bizarre bazaar run by monkeys selling people feet.

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