bazaar /fete

  • Mahantongo

    Senior Member
    English (U.S.)
    No, although you might use either term for a specific event. A "bazaar" ordinarily involves having items of some kind for sale, but there is no necessary association of selling with the word "fete".
     

    Cenzontle

    Senior Member
    English, U.S.
    Be sure to get an opinion from a British English-speaker, cwervanTes. I think "bazaar" means something different in the UK.
    A fete is a celebration of someone or something.
     

    Keith Bradford

    Senior Member
    English (Midlands UK)
    A fete is a celebration of someone or something in Britain too, but it's almost always associated with selling produce or paying to take part in competitions. A kind of amateur fairground. A couple of examples:

    "To celebrate the church's centenary, we're having a fete to raise money for roof repairs. Would you like to organise the home-made cake stall?"
    "Could you make something for the Labour Party bazaar? I know you're an expert at rag dolls, and we could sell them on the toy stall."

    In short, virtually no difference in meaning except that fetes tend to be outdoor...?
     
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