[ kahy-roh ]

  1. a city in and the capital of Egypt, in the N part on the E bank of the Nile.

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British Dictionary definitions for Cairo


/ (ˈkaɪrəʊ) /

  1. 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)

Derived forms of Cairo

  • Cairene, noun, adjective

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Cultural definitions for Cairo


[ (keye-roh) ]

The capital of Egypt (see also Egypt) and largest city in the country; a major port just south of the Nile Delta in the northeast corner of Africa.

Notes for Cairo

Cairo, the historical center of Egyptian power, was the home of the pharaohs. The pyramids and the Sphinx are located nearby in suburban Giza, also known as Al Jizah.

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