- a town in central Mali, W Africa, near the Niger River.French Tombouctou.
- any faraway place.
Examples from the Web for timbuktu
Perhaps inevitably, the women of Timbuktu were singled out for special persecution.Women in Timbuktu Were Singled Out During al Qaeda Occupation
February 4, 2013
Lankester said that many of his Tuareg employees have left Timbuktu, Gao, and the surrounding cities.
Plus, Blake Gopnik on whether destroying Timbuktu's heritage is un-Islamic.
Timbuktu has scarcely any religion, or, more correctly, too many.
The web is composed of all the routes which start from the coast and converge on Timbuktu.
No pyramids, no marble temples, make Timbuktu one of the world's wonders.
The remarkable features of Timbuktu are, then, its situation and its trade.
Yet in the eighteenth century the Niger and Timbuktu were still a mystery.A Book of Discovery
Margaret Bertha (M. B.) Synge
- a town in central Mali, on the River Niger: terminus of a trans-Saharan caravan route; a great Muslim centre (14th–16th centuries). Pop: 31 973 (1998)French name: Tombouctou
- any distant or outlandish placefrom here to Timbuktu
Word Origin and History for timbuktu
city on the southern edge of the Sahara desert, older spelling Timbuctoo, used allusively in English for "most distant place imaginable" from at least 1863.
A remote town in western Africa. Figuratively, it is a faraway and unknown place.