- Also Trip·o·li·ta·ni·a [trip-uh-li-tey-nee-uh, -teyn-yuh; Italian tree-paw-lee-tah-nyah] /ˌtrɪp ə lɪˈteɪ ni ə, -ˈteɪn yə; Italian ˌtri pɔ liˈtɑ nyɑ/. one of the former Barbary States of N Africa: later a province of Turkey; now a part of Libya.
- a seaport in and the capital of Libya, in the NW part.
- a seaport in N Lebanon, on the Mediterranean.
- (lowercase) any of several siliceous substances, as rottenstone and infusorial earth, used chiefly in polishing.
- Ancient Geography. the part of N Africa W of Egypt.
- Italian Libia. a republic in N Africa between Tunisia and Egypt: formerly a monarchy 1951–69. 679,400 sq. mi. (1,759,646 sq. km). Capital: Tripoli.
Examples from the Web for tripoli
The summer wedding of a prominent Christian event manager to her Sunni love from Tripoli was widely celebrated.Beirut Letter: In Lebanon, Fighting ISIS With Culture and Satire
September 22, 2014
But a few weeks later the United States shuttered its embassy in Tripoli.This Sexy Thriller Is Just the Document the Benghazi Commission Needs
September 15, 2014
Tripoli is barely functioning: food shops are running low and fuel is hard to find.Libya’s Proxy Apocalypse
August 27, 2014
On Monday more than 100 missiles were reported to have fallen on the Tripoli district of Janzour alone.
The crises in Ukraine, Gaza, Iraq and Syria all trump the chaos in Tripoli and Benghazi.
The ruler of Tripoli was abashed by this display of American energy and valor.
When she reached Tripoli, the anger of the Bashaw was unappeasable.
About noon, the "Intrepid" came in sight of the towers of Tripoli.
It was Sept. 4, the day following the last attack upon Tripoli.
It may be said that this episode terminated the war with Tripoli.
- a lightweight porous siliceous rock derived by weathering and used in a powdered form as a polish, filter, etc
- the capital and chief port of Libya, in the northwest on the Mediterranean: founded by Phoenicians in about the 7th century bc; the only city that has survived of the three (Oea, Leptis Magna, and Sabratha) that formed the African Tripolis ("three cities"); fishing and manufacturing centre. Pop: 1 223 300 (2002 est)Ancient name: Oea (ˈiːə) Arabic name: Tarabulus el Gharb
- a port in N Lebanon, on the Mediterranean: the second largest town in Lebanon; taken by the Crusaders in 1109 after a siege of five years; oil-refining and manufacturing centre. Pop: 212 000 (2005 est)Ancient name: Tripolis Arabic name: Tarabulus esh Sham
- a republic in N Africa, on the Mediterranean: became an Italian colony in 1912; divided after World War II into Tripolitania and Cyrenaica (under British administration) and Fezzan (under French); gained independence in 1951; monarchy overthrown by a military junta led by Colonel Gaddafi in 1969; Gaddafi's authoritarian regime overthrown in 2011 following a popular uprising. It consists almost wholly of desert and is a major exporter of oil. Official language: Arabic. Official religion: (Sunni) Muslim. Currency: Libyan dinar. Capital: Tripoli. Pop: 6 002 347 (2013 est). Area: 1 760 000 sq km (680 000 sq miles)Official name: Al-Jumhuria al-Arabia al-Libya ash-Shabiya al-Ishtirakiya al-Uzma
Word Origin and History for tripoli
both the Libyan capital and the Lebanese port city represent Greek tri- "three" (see tri-) + polis "town." In Libya, Tripolis was the name of a Phoenician colony consisting of Oea (which grew into modern Tripoli), Leptis Magna, and Sabratha. Arabic distinguishes them as Tarabulus ash-sham ("Syrian Tripoli") and Tarabulus al-garb ("Western Tripoli").
north African nation, an ancient name, attested in heiroglyphics from 2000 B.C.E., of unknown origin. In Greek use, sometimes meaning all of Africa. Related: Libyan.
Capital of Libya and the largest city in the country, located in northwestern Libya.