Definition of Timbuktu in English:


Line breaks: Tim|buktu
Pronunciation: /ˌtɪmbʌkˈtuː
(also Timbuctoo)
  • 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
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    • 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.

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