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[ney-puh lz] /ˈneɪ pəlz/
Italian Napoli. a seaport in SW Italy.
Bay of, Italian Golfo di Napoli
[gawl-faw dee nah-paw-lee] /ˈgɔl fɔ di ˈnɑ pɔ li/ (Show IPA)
. a bay in SW Italy: Naples located here. 22 miles (35 km) long.
a town in S Florida.


[kam-pey-nee-uh, -peyn-yuh; Italian kahm-pah-nyah] /kæmˈpeɪ ni ə, -ˈpeɪn yə; Italian kɑmˈpɑ nyɑ/
a region in SW Italy. 5214 sq. mi. (13,505 sq. km).
Capital: Naples.
Related forms
Campanian, adjective, noun Unabridged
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  • The villa was situated about half way up one of the hills which rise behind Naples, and which command so lovely a view.

  • It is also from Naples that we have taken the Punchinello dance.

    A Treatise on the Art of Dancing Giovanni-Andrea Gallini
  • The physician had advised a winter in Naples, and they were going before very long.

    Aikenside Mary J. Holmes
  • The kingdom of Naples differed from any other state of Italy.

    New Italian sketches John Addington Symonds
  • A man named White enticed Naples into the resurrectionist business; this soon caused him to lose his situation.

British Dictionary definitions for Naples


a port in SW Italy, capital of Campania region, on the Bay of Naples: the third largest city in the country; founded by Greeks in the 6th century bc; incorporated into the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies in 1140 and its capital (1282–1503); university (1224). Pop: 1 004 500 (2001) Ancient name Neapolis Italian name Napoli, related adjective Neapolitan
Bay of Naples, an inlet of the Tyrrhenian Sea in the SW coast of Italy


/kæmˈpeɪnɪə; Italian kamˈpaɲɲa/
a region of SW Italy: includes the islands of Capri and Ischia. Chief town: Naples. Pop.: 5 725 098 (2003 est). Area: 13 595 sq km (5248 sq miles)
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Word Origin and History for Naples

city in southern Italy, Italian Napoli, founded by Greek coloniests 5c. B.C.E., from Greek Neapolis, literally "New City," from nea, fem. of neos "new" (see neo-) + polis "city" (see polis).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Naples in Culture

Naples definition

City in southwestern Italy; a major seaport and commercial, industrial, and tourist center.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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