American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- The capital of Azerbaijan on the western shore of the Caspian Sea. Frequently under Persian rule, the city was annexed by Russia in 1806. It has been a center of oil production since the 1870s. In 1990 it was the scene of fierce fighting between Soviet forces and secessionist rebels. Population: 1,130,000.
- n. The capital of Azerbaijan.
- n. a port city on the Caspian Sea that is the capital of Azerbaijan and an important center for oil production
- From Russian Баку, from Azeri Bakı, possibly from Persian باد کوبہ (bād kubeh, "wind-pounded"). (Wiktionary)
“BAKU: Two Lebanese and four Azerbaijanis have gone on trial on terrorism charges in Baku for planning an attack on the Israeli Embassy in Azerbaijan's capital, an official said Monday.”
“BAKU (AFP) - Eastern European leaders gather in the Azerbaijani capital Baku on Friday for a summit aimed at promoting energy supply routes from the Caspian region to Europe that bypass Russia.”
“Its proximity to Iran and the fact that the majority of its citizens are Shiite Muslims can dominate your vision of Azerbaijan until you realize that the most impressive public building in Baku is not a mosque but a copy of the grand casino at Monte Carlo.”
“The embassy in Baku has been without an ambassador since July 2009.”
“Azerbaijan has a branch of Bank Melli in Baku, its capital, and last month Iran offered to create a joint bank for the two countries, according to Azeri news reports.”
“More than a year ago, when the U.S. ambassador's post in Baku became vacant, Bryza brashly told everyone in Washington that he wanted to be -- nay, he was going to be -- the next ambassador to Azerbaijan.”
“Anyhow, I have posted some pictures of bus stops I found with two other friends, Colleen (Azerbaijan PCV) and Azra (German ex-pat working in Baku).”
“With these events I only have one night in Baku paid for.”
“Other info regarding the visit: We spent a couple of days in Baku in beautiful weather and then headed to my site.”
“I found a real deal coffeeshop in Baku and spent the day there hopped up on caffeine and downloading music I purchased for my birthday.”
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