1A town in northern Mali; population 35,600 (est. 2009). It was formerly a major trading centre for gold and salt on the trans-Saharan trade routes, reaching the height of its prosperity in the 16th century but falling into decline after its capture by the Moroccans in 1591. French name Tombouctou.
1.1Used in reference to a remote or extremely distant place: from here to Timbuktu
More example sentences
- Her already far away eyes began to beat a swift path for Timbuktu.
- If someone tells you they're going from here to Timbuktu you probably think they're on the road to nowhere.
- You would hear the screams from here to Timbuktu.
Definition of Timbuktu in:
- The US English dictionary