A city in eastern Uzbekistan; population 312,900 (est. 2007). One of the oldest cities of Asia, it was founded in the 3rd or 4th millennium bc. It grew to prominence as a prosperous centre of the silk trade, situated on the Silk Road, and in the 14th century became the capital of Tamerlane’s Mongol empire.
Definition of Samarkand in:
- The US English dictionary