or Sam·ar·cand, Sam·ar·qand

[ sam-er-kand; Russian suh-muhr-kahnt ]
/ ˌsæm ərˈkænd; Russian sə mʌrˈkɑnt /


a city in SE Uzbekistan: taken by Alexander the Great 329 b.c.; Tamerlane's capital in the 14th century.


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Ancient Maracanda.

Definition for samarkand (2 of 2)

[ sog-dee-ey-nuh, -an-uh ]
/ ˌsɒg diˈeɪ nə, -ˈæn ə /


a province of the ancient Persian Empire between the Oxus and Jaxartes rivers: now in Uzbekistan. Capital: Samarkand. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for samarkand (1 of 2)

/ (ˈsæməˌkænd, Russian səmarˈkant) /


a city in E Uzbekistan: under Tamerlane it became the chief economic and cultural centre of central Asia, on trade routes from China and India (the "silk road"). Pop: 289 000 (2005 est)Ancient name: Maracanda

British Dictionary definitions for samarkand (2 of 2)

/ (ˌsɒɡdɪˈɑːnə) /


a region of ancient central Asia. Its chief city was Samarkand
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