capital of Tajikistan, in the W part: pop. 552,000
The capital of Tajikistan, in the western part of the country south of Tashkent, Uzbekistan. It is a major industrial and commercial center in a rich agricultural area.
- The capital of Tajikistan.
From Tajik душанбе (dušanbe, “Monday”). Cognate with Persian دوشنبه (došanbe), from دو (do) + شنبه (šanbe), meaning the second day after Saturday.