Share this entry

Naxçivan Line breaks: Nax¦çi|van
Pronunciation: /ˌnaxtʃɪˈvɑːn/

Definition of Naxçivan in English:

1A predominantly Muslim Azerbaijani autonomous republic, situated on the borders of Turkey and northern Iran and separated from the rest of Azerbaijan by a narrow strip of Armenia. Russian name Nakhichevan.
1.1The capital city of Naxçivan; population 71,200 (est. 2008).

Persian from the 13th to the 19th century, Naxçivan became part of the Russian empire in 1828 and an autonomous republic of the Soviet Union in 1924. In 1990 it was the first Soviet territory to declare unilateral independence. It has a predominantly Azerbaijani population and, along with Nagorno-Karabakh, is a point of conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan

Definition of Naxçivan in:

Share this entry


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day confidant
Pronunciation: ˈkɒnfɪdant
a person with whom one shares a secret...