- a city in and the capital of Egypt, in the N part on the E bank of the Nile.
Examples from the Web for cairo
Cairo should have listened to Amal Clooney last year when she recommended judicial reforms.Amal Clooney vs. Egypt’s Courts
January 4, 2015
Unlike Brunner, Remer was itinerant, and spent much time in that other nest of postwar Nazis—Cairo.Hitler’s Henchmen in Arabia
December 7, 2014
I arrived in Canada after escaping Saudi Arabia via Cairo and Beirut.Wife of Jailed Saudi Blogger: My Husband Is a Victim of the Thought Police
Ensaf Haidar, Advancing Human Rights
October 20, 2014
Recently in Cairo I sat at a dinner party next to an elderly Islamic businessman.Can We Lose the Violent Muslim Cliché?
October 12, 2014
Israeli and Palestinian delegations—which include Hamas representatives—are scheduled to meet in Cairo Tuesday as well.Senators: Take Gaza Away From Hamas
September 22, 2014
Nmes in August is about as hot as Cairo in May, which certainly is saying a good deal.The Roof of France
And suppose, too, by some strange trick of fate he should meet you in Alexandria or Cairo?
I thought she was going to live in Cairo, and I believe she thought so too, at first.
Monny's anxious to get on to Cairo, but we shall come back to Alexandria later.
He's a great prize, knows Cairo and upper Egypt like a book.
- the capital of Egypt, on the Nile: the largest city in Africa and in the Middle East; industrial centre; site of the university and mosque of Al Azhar (founded in 972). Pop: 11 146 000 (2005 est)Arabic name: El Qahira (ɛl ˈkahiːrɔ)
- a republic in NE Africa, on the Mediterranean and Red Sea: its history dates back about 5000 years. Occupied by the British from 1882, it became an independent kingdom in 1922 and a republic in 1953. Over 96 per cent of the total area is desert, with the chief areas of habitation and cultivation in the Nile delta and valley. Cotton is the main export. Official language: Arabic. Official religion: Muslim; Sunni majority. Currency: pound. Capital: Cairo. Pop: 85 294 388 (2013 est). Area: 997 739 sq km (385 229 sq miles)Official name: Arab Republic of Egypt Former official name (1958–71): United Arab Republic
Word Origin and History for cairo
city in Egypt, from Arabic al-Kahira "the strong," the name given 973 C.E. to the new city built north of the old one, Egyptian khere-ohe, said to mean "place of combat" and to be in reference to a battle between the gods Seth and Horus that took place here.
Old English Egipte, from French Egypte, from Greek Aigyptos "the river Nile, Egypt," from Amarna Hikuptah, corresponding to Egyptian Ha(t)-ka-ptah "temple of the soul of Ptah," the creative god associated with Memphis, the ancient city of Egypt.
Strictly one of the names of Memphis, it was taken by the Greeks as the name of the whole country. The Egyptian name, Kemet, means "black country," possibly in reference to the rich delta soil. The Arabic is Misr, which is derived from Mizraim, the name of a son of Biblical Ham.
Officially the Arab Republic of Egypt, a country in northeastern Africa bordered by the Mediterranean Sea to the north, Israel and the Red Sea to the east, Sudan to the south, and Libya to the west. The principal geographic feature of the country is the Nile River. Its capital and largest city is Cairo. (See also Alexandria.)