Borrowed from French bizarre (“odd, peculiar, bizarre, formerly headlong, angry”). Either from Basque bizar, "a beard" (the notion being that bearded Spanish soldiers made a strange impression on the French) or from Italian bizzarro.
- (UK) IPA(key): /bɪˈzɑː(ɹ)/, /bəˈzɑː(ɹ)/
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- (US) IPA(key): /bɪˈzɑɹ/, /bəˈzɑɹ/
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- Homophone: bazaar
- strangely unconventional in style or appearance.
2011 October 22, Sam Sheringham, “Aston Villa 1 - 2 West Brom”, in BBC Sport:
- West Brom enjoyed more possession as the half progressed and were handed a penalty of their own in the 21st minute in bizarre circumstances.
- See also Thesaurus:strange
- bizarre in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- bizarre in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
bizarre (plural bizarres)
- “bizarre” in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).
- inflected form of