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 (tĭm′bŭk-to͞o′, tĭm-bŭk′to͞o) or Tom·bouc·tou (tōN′bo͞ok-to͞o′)
A city of central Mali near the Niger River northeast of Bamako. Founded in the 11th century by the Tuareg, it became a major trading center (primarily for gold and salt) and a center of Islamic learning by the 14th century. Timbuktu was sacked in 1591 by invaders from Morocco and fell to the French in 1894.


1. (Placename) a town in central Mali, on the River Niger: terminus of a trans-Saharan caravan route; a great Muslim centre (14th–16th centuries). Pop: 35 600 (2009 est). French name: Tombouctou
2. any distant or outlandish place: from here to Timbuktu.


(ˌtɪm bʌkˈtu, tɪmˈbʌk tu)

1. former name of Tombouctou.
2. any faraway place.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Timbuktu - a city in central Mali near the Niger riverTimbuktu - a city in central Mali near the Niger river; formerly famous for its gold trade
French Sudan, Mali, Republic of Mali - a landlocked republic in northwestern Africa; achieved independence from France in 1960; Mali was a center of West African civilization for more than 4,000 years
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[ˌtɪmbʌkˈtuː] NTimbuktú m
he could be in Timbuktu for all I knowpodría estar en la conchinchina
References in classic literature ?
Twenty palm-thatched, beehive huts sheltered its black population, while a half-dozen goat skin tents in the center of the clearing housed the score of Arabs who found shelter here while, by trading and raiding, they collected the cargoes which their ships of the desert bore northward twice each year to the market of Timbuktu.
Synopsis: In Timbuktu, Kidane lives peacefully in the dunes with his wife Satima, his daughter, Toya, and Issan, their 12-year-old shepherd.
The Secretary-General condemns the attack today against a convoy of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), on the Goundam-Timbuktu axis in the Timbuktu region, which killed six peacekeepers and injured five others," said a statement from a UN spokesperson.
A journalist based in Timbuktu told Xinhua it was Burkina Faso soldiers escorting the mission's police chief Abdounasir Awale to Ber town within Timbuktu region, for a meeting with representatives of the Coordination of Azawad Movements.
Their stringent, intolerant vision of Islam seemed particularly heavy-handed in Timbuktu, the ancient center of Muslim learning noted for its tolerance.
Le cinema Abc a Casablanca, la Cinematheque Rif de Tanger programment en effet le nouveau film franco-mauritanien, Timbuktu de Abderrahmane Sissako.
In From Times Square to Timbuktu, Wesley Granberg-Michaelson speaks from his ecumenical convictions and experience to call the global church to unity.
The road will be the first and only paved link between the capital Bamako and Timbuktu.
TIMBUKTU should give Aidan and Joseph O'Brien a winning start to tonight's action in Naas.
NNA - A French counter-terrorism offensive in northern Mali's Timbuktu region ended on Friday with 11 Islamist militants killed and a French soldier wounded, military sources inside the operation told Agence France Presse.
AN online TV channel has been launched to link the twin towns of Hay-on-Wye in rural Mid Wales and Timbuktu in Mali, west Africa.
Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- Dozens of French forces left the Malian town of Timbuktu in the country's North several months after they invaded the West African country.