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[kah-pree, kap-ree, kuh-pree] /ˈkɑ pri, ˈkæp ri, kəˈpri/
an island in W Italy, in the Bay of Naples: grottoes; resort. 5½ sq. mi. (14 sq. km).


a combining form meaning “goat,” occurring in loanwords from Latin (Capricorn); used in the formation of compound words (caprifoliaceous).
Origin of capri-
< Latin, combining form of caper goat; see caper1 Unabridged
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  • I fancy the reason of this is found in the fact that the Capri girls are raving beauties.

    Saunterings Charles Dudley Warner
  • Sharp and clear as Capri is in outline, its contour is still most graceful and poetic.

    Saunterings Charles Dudley Warner
  • When the disciples landed at Capri, old Faustina lay upon her death-bed.

    Christ Legends Selma Lagerlf
  • I had previously heard of her from another as having touched the islet of Capri.

  • Capri is one of the favorite resorts both for winter and summer.

    Italy, the Magic Land Lilian Whiting
British Dictionary definitions for Capri


/kəˈpriː; Italian ˈkapri/
an island off W Italy, in the Bay of Naples: resort since Roman times. Pop: 12 200 (2002 est). Area: about 13 sq km (5 sq miles)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Capri

island in the Bay of Naples, of unknown origin: Latin capra "she-goat," Greek kapros "boar," Etruscan capra "burial place" all have been suggested. As a type of wine, 1877; as a type of pants, 1956 (see Capri pants).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Capri in Culture
Capri [(kuh-pree, kah-pree, kap-ree)]

Island in the Bay of Naples in southern Italy.

Note: An international tourist attraction, Capri is known for its beautiful scenery.
The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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