- 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
- any distant or outlandish place ⇒
from here to Timbuktu
Example Sentences Including 'Timbuktu'
' THE mythically remote city of Timbuktu kept a secret, said Le Monde diplomatique.
The Australian (2004)
Afterwards he travelled across the Atlas Mountains and the Sahara to Timbuktu.
A BOOK OF LANDS AND PEOPLES (2003)
He found himself inventing addresses like Paris, Narnia and Timbuktu , Tattooine.
THE GREENSTONE GRAIL: The Sangreal Trilogy One (2004)
I'd like to start taking the children to out-of-the-way places such as Timbuktu , where I've worked as a reporter.
Times, Sunday Times (2002)
Seattle's TCS Expeditions is offering a 25-day tour, jetting from Marrakesh and Timbuktu to Cape Town and the Serengeti region.
They searched for the Northwest Passage and the North Pole, the shores of Antarctica, and for the course of the Rivers Niger and Timbuktu.
New Scientist (1998)
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