- a city in and the capital of Azerbaijan, in the E part, on the Caspian Sea.
- Also Az·er·bai·dzhan. Formerly Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic. a republic in Transcaucasia, N of Iran and W of the Caspian Sea. 33,430 sq. mi. (86,600 sq. km). Capital: Baku.
- a region of NW Iran, divided into two provinces in 1938: East Azerbaijan (Capital: Tabriz) and West Azerbaijan (Capital: Orumiyeh).
Examples from the Web for baku
He is being held in pretrial detention in Baku and faces up to seven years in prison if convicted.Behind Bars for the Holidays: 11 Political Prisoners We Want to See Free In 2015
December 25, 2014
In the Baku oil-fields there are now no fewer than 4094 bores, of which 2600 are productive.
It was an adventurous journey that I commenced from Baku on April 6, 1886.
The petroleum is conveyed by pipe lines to the refineries at Baku.Commercial Geography
Jacques W. Redway
From this summons the nature of the Baku congress can be imagined.The New World of Islam
But our radio wasn't working, so we couldn't buzz Baku to tell them.Dave Dawson on the Russian Front
R. Sidney Bowen
- the capital of Azerbaijan, a port on the Caspian Sea: important for its extensive oilfields. Pop: 1 830 000 (2005 est)
- a republic in NW Asia: the region was acquired by Russia from Persia in the early 19th century; became the Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic in 1936 and gained independence in 1991; consists of dry subtropical steppes around the Aras and Kura rivers, surrounded by the Caucasus; contains the extensive Baku oilfields. Language: Azerbaijani (or Azeri). Religion: Shiite Muslim. Currency: manat. Capital: Baku. Pop: 9 590 159 (2013 est). Area: 86 600 sq km (33 430 sq miles)
- a mountainous region of NW Iran, separated from the republic of Azerbaijan by the Aras River: divided administratively into Eastern Azerbaijan and Western Azerbaijan . Capitals: Tabriz and Orumiyeh. Pop: 2 119 524 (2002 est)
Word Origin and History for baku
country name, of unknown origin, perhaps from Old Persian Aturpatakan, from Greek Atropatene, from the Persian satrap Atropates, who ruled there in the time of Alexander the Great; or from local azer "fire" + baydjan (Iranian baykan) "guardian," in reference to fire-worship.