from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- A country of west-central Asia. Settled in ancient times, it was conquered by Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan, and Tamerlane and finally overrun by Uzbek peoples in the early 16th century. Russia conquered the area in the 19th century. Split into various administrative territories after 1917, it was consolidated as a constituent republic of the USSR in 1924. Uzbekistan declared its independence in 1991 after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Tashkent is the capital and the largest city. Population: 27,800,000.
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- proper n. Country in Central Asia. Official name: Republic of Uzbekistan.
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- n. a landlocked republic in west central Asia; formerly an Asian soviet
Uncertain; possibly from Turkic uz ("self") + Sogdian bek ("master"). The suffix is known to be from Persian ستان (stān, "-stan"). (Wiktionary)